Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s legal battle against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) continues as he is set to appear before a Guwahati court today to defend himself in a criminal defamation case.
This case is not related to his remarks on associating the RSS with Mahatama Gandhi assassination. Instead, it is another criminal defamation case filed against him relating to the Barpeta temple entry episode in Assam last year.
The case was filed by an RSS volunteer named Anjan Bora in the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup District Court. The accusations on Rahul Gandhi is that he had tarnished RSS’s image by stating that they did not allow him to enter the Barpeta, Assam located 16th century Vaishnavite monastery Barpeta Satra on December 12, 2015.
Rahul Gandhi is expected to arrive in Guwahati at about 9:00 AM. He is slated to appear before the court by 10:30 AM.
The Congress Vice-President is also likely to hold a meeting with party workers in Guwahati before he heads home to New Delhi in the evening.
It has been reported that Rahul Gandhi could have avoided appearing in the court relating the Barpeta temple entry case. He could have had a lawyer appear on his behalf.
The move from Rahul Gandhi is clearly to show the RSS and the BJP that he is not shying away from them on the legal front.
Rahul Gandhi now faces parallel criminal defamation cases with both of them involving the RSS. Yet he continues his tirade during his speeches in Uttar Pradesh, a state which is heading towards elections in 2017.
The Congress Vice President is trying to rectify his image of being a man who is fearless and proactive while capable of making changes in the system. So far, he has done more harm to his image through his double talk on RSS’ alleged involvement in the Mahatma Gandhi murder with a series of flip flops.
On the other side, both the RSS and the BJP are getting more and more opportunities to pull their rival down on all fronts.
Three days ago, the Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi faced a bitter incident during a roadshow in Sitapur district, Uttar Pradesh when a shoe was hurled by him. Rahul Gandhi who managed to narrowly escape from being hit by the shoe, blamed the RSS and the BJP for the attack.