Mumbai: Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday said that ‘the RSS’s philosophy is like poison for the nation, the society, and the Dalits’. “Our fight is not against Modi, but against the RSS ideology, which he is promoting,” he said.

This comes just a day after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi took a jab at the RSS. Gandhi tweeted, “There is only place for one NGO in India and it’s called the RSS. Shut down all other NGOs. Jail all activists and shoot those that complain. Welcome to the new India”.

The Congress has criticised the RSS in the recent times more than ever, with Gandhi calling the RSS’s ideas ‘similar to that of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world’.

With activists being arrested nationwide, Kharge criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said “The Centre is not doing what it should be doing in public interest. Human rights are being crushed. If people talk about it, they are threatened and arrested. This is an undeclared emergency. There is no freedom of speech”.

Certain news reports suggest that the RSS plans to invite Gandhi to a lecture series it will host in September. Addressing the rumours, Kharge has said that if Gandhi asks him for counsel, he will suggest against going to any such event.