//RSS washes its hands of Organiser editorial

RSS washes its hands of Organiser editorial

Tells BJP article on fuel price does not reflect its views

PTI

New Delhi: Embarrassed by an editorial in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) mouthpiece slamming its protests against the fuel price hike, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Monday insisted that the article asking party-ruled states to slash sales tax on petrol and diesel did not have the Sangh fountainhead's sanction.

In its latest issue, Sangh mouthpiece 'Organiser' has said the protests by the BJP against the fuel price hike 'lacked intellectual honesty' and asked BJP-ruled state governments to reduce state levies on petrol and diesel instead of adding to public misery.

"I have spoken to RSS general secretary Mohan Bhagwat who said it was not his view," Singh said when asked about the editorial.

On Sunday, BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar had said that the editorial was an independent viewpoint and the 'BJP need not subscribe to it'.

In the past too, the RSS had sought to wash its hands off controversial editorials in its mouthpiece saying it did not necessarily reflect the Sangh's view. They included praise of Congress president Sonia Gandhi after a recent party meet in Hyderabad and a suggestion that the Samajwadi Party and the BJP should come together.