National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Sunday accused the RSS of colluding with British during India's freedom struggle, supporting Indira Gandhi during emergency and now dividing the "nation on communal lines."
"By promoting and playing communal politics, the RSS and its offshoots including the BJP are hell bent to fragment India into bits and pieces", Abdullah said while addressing office bearers and prominent leaders of NC students union at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here this morning, an NC handout said.
Questioning the "hyper-nationalistic" posturing of the BJP, he said, "The history stands testimony to the negative role the RSS played during the freedom movement when stalwarts were facing the wrath of British."
He questioned the role of the BJP in its "earlier avatar of Jan Sangh" and even before "when its leaders aligned with British."
"The Sangh leaders played second fiddle to British and were against independence of India", Abdullah said, adding that they wanted Britishers to stay put in the country and intrigued against the towering freedom fighters.
He decried the "attempts" being made by the RSS "of sowing seeds of hatred and mistrust among various communities for petty political gains."
He said the onus lies on youth of the country "to sensitise the people against polarizing and communal politics of the BJP, RSS and its affiliated organizations."
He said communal divide is against the idea of India and its ethos.
Abdullah also took a jibe at BJP or Jan Sangh's "hypocrisy", saying the RSS top brass had "supported the 1975 emergency imposed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi."
He referred to the book of Rajesh Rao and said that even the "RSS chief had wanted to meet Mrs Gandhi, which she declined for being seen close to the Sangh."
The history, he said, has unfortunately been distorted and the version the young minds are being fed is far from facts. He dwelt upon the circumstances leading to accession of Jammu and Kashmir with Indian dominion essentially on three subjects—defense, communication and foreign affairs. He referred to promises made by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in Parliament and the UN.
He said the people of the state "are not asking anything beyond the promises made and National Conference is prepared to have positive discussions over autonomy.
"I had made it amply clear to Arun Jaitley, when he was designated as representative of the NDA Government during Atal Behari Vajpayee's tenure to study the J&K Autonomy Report and either get convinced over the document or convince us as to what was wrong in the autonomy document", he said.
The National Conference President exhorted youth to gear up for upcoming Panchayat elections in a big way.
Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, and Provincial Vice President and incharge youth wing Dr Chaman Lal also spoke on the occasion.