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Kumar Vishwas praises RSS, Muslim groups want him expelled from AAP
Tuesday April 8, 2014 10:57 PM, Agencies

Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) found itself in the middle of a controversy, after its party leader Kumar Vishwas' 'praised' the RSS. Vishwas' comments generated a huge political backlash, potentially hitting AAP's minority appeal with Muslims groups, reported Times Now.

Farid Batatawala, President of Maharashtra Muslim Fund wrote to Arvind Kejriwal asking that Vishwas be suspended from the party. "This comment is against his party's aim. They say that they are a secular party and that they want to fight against a communal party, and their own party member makes such remarks," Batatawala told Times Now.

Congress too hit out at AAP, saying that Vishwas' comment reflects AAP is inclined to BJP. On its part AAP sought to downplay Vishwas' remarks, saying that they were the leader's personal views. "There is no scope of supporting RSS or BJP," said AAP's Mayank Gandhi. "What Vishwas said was his personal viewpoint," Gandh added.

In a recent television interview to a Hindi news channel, Vishwas had praised the RSS and called it a disciplined force. "If a particular organisation talks in favour of Muslims, is it communal? If an organisation speaks in favour of a larger majority, does it mean it is communal? You could have ideological differences on many levels. I don't agree with many of their acts. But can you dismiss them? Can you dismiss the fact that they are a disciplined party," Vishwas had said.

"Can you reject their notions and ways of functioning? In a democracy, I have the choice of taking good from wherever it comes. If I get to learn something nice from them, I will learn it," he had said.

"Fanatics have always made false allegations. Even they should learn to accept them. Jawaharlal Nehru got them to conduct parades in 1965, even Lal Bahadur Shastri got them involved in some activities. You can have a dialogue with them. But you can't be branded for being associated with a particular party, you can't be tagged secular for associating with Congress or be tagged communal for being associated with BJP," Vishwas had added.

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