Rediff, April 6, 1998:
Janata Party president Dr Subramanian Swamy on Sunday criticised Prime Minister A B Vajpayee for defending the Rashtriya Swayamsevek Sangh, and urged him and his Cabinet colleagues to desist from praising the organisation.
Talking to newsmen in Madras, he said Vajpayee's defence of the RSS would only imply that the government had a "hidden agenda". Moreover, it would also erode the authority of the prime minister's office.
If the prime minister, who heads a coalition government, praises the RSS, then others in the front have the right to criticise it for its negative role in the 1942 Quit India movement, the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, subversion of the anti-Emergency struggle and the demolition of the Babri Masjid, he said.
Referring to the reported remarks of RSS general secretary H V Seshadri that the organisation would seek to remote-control the Vajpayee government, Dr Swamy said the RSS could not run a parallel government, and this was not acceptable.