MUMBAI: Rahul Gandhi is in a Mumbai court for a defamation case filed by an RSS worker over his comments allegedly linking journalist Gauri Lankesh's killing with the "BJP-RSS ideology". A day after he made public his decision to resign as Congress president after the party's national election defeat, his convoy was greeted by crowds of Congress workers along the route waving party flags.
Rahul Gandhi's decision to appear in court has been linked by many to a point that he made in his open letter on Wednesday, on fighting an ideological battle. "I personally fought the Prime Minister, the RSS and the institutions they have captured with all my being. I fought because I love India... At times, I stood completely alone and am extremely proud of it," he wrote.
"We will not defeat our opponents without sacrificing the desire for power and fighting a deeper ideological battle," he said.
The Congress leader was summoned, besides CPM leader Sitaram Yechury, by a metropolitan magistrate's court in February on a complaint filed by Dhrutiman Joshi, a lawyer and worker of the RSS or Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the ruling BJP.
Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru in September 2017.
The RSS activist alleges in his 2017 lawsuit that within 24 hours of her death, Rahul Gandhi told reporters that "anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP, against the ideology of the RSS, is pressured, beaten, attacked, and even killed."