In an apparent U-turn, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi told the Supreme Court that he did not ever blame the RSS for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi but only a "few individuals in the organisation".
However, he took to Twitter to say that he stands by every word he said and also tweeted the speech:
I will never stop fighting the hateful & divisive agenda of the RSS. I stand by every single word I saidhttps://t.co/bUWzTHrgHW— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 25, 2016
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Congress Vice President, cited the affidavit filed before the Court saying he had only accused certain people of RSS and not the organisation as the killer of Mahatma Gandhi.
In a relief to him, SC also seemed to agree with this explanation by Rahul Gandhi that his statements were not made for the entire RSS organisation.
The bench then adjourned the matter for September 1 while indicating that it might drop the criminal defamation charges against Rahul if the complainant was satisfied with his statement.
Next hearing in SC in connection with appeal filed by Rahul Gandhi to quash defamation case filed against him by RSS scheduled for 1st Sep.— ANI (@ANI_news) August 24, 2016
Rahul Gandhi had moved the Supreme Court in May 2015 for quashing the criminal case lodged against him by Rajesh Madhav Kunte for his comments against the RSS during an election rally in March 2015. In July, the Supreme Court had told him that he must either apologise or face trial for his remarks.
However this U-turn by the Congress President didn't go down well with Twitterati and he became the butt of all jokes. Soon #PappuMukarGaya started trending on Twitter and here are some epic reactions:
Pic 1- Mukri that made you smilePic 2 - Mukri that makes you laugh #PappuMukarGaya pic.twitter.com/InwUDLfjER— Pranay Tiwari (@pranayom) August 24, 2016
P1 Before: Pappu on RSS in Public RallyP2 After: Pappu on RSS in SC when RSS files defamation Case#PappuMukarGaya pic.twitter.com/Lryeh9dWJx— Sickular Liberal (@SickularLibtard) August 24, 2016
Reaction of Pandit Nehru after Rahul Gandhi's statement "RSS as an institution didn't kill Gandhi" in the SC. (2016) pic.twitter.com/MD9MkCafWg— History of India (@RealHistoryPic) August 24, 2016
#PappuMukarGaya just like his brother from another mother Kejru's U-Turn...— Patel Vinay (@vnayptl) August 24, 2016