New Delhi: On the Twitter handle of the All India Radio (AIR) on Thursday, a tweet was published which mentioned Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s name pertaining to the fact that the Congress scion had withdrawn his plea in the Supreme Court against the defamation case filed by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). 

The deleted tweet read, “Why he got scared earlier. How he became daring to defame #RSS. He should stick to comments #RahulrattlesRSS.”

Immediately after the tweet, public backlash followed, with many Congress leaders criticising the Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu for using the public broadcaster as Saffron machinery.

Congress Party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted, “”All India Radio hurriedly deleted the outrageous tweet but caught red-handed sponsoring saffron propaganda. Unprecedented, unheard of that official broadcaster should attack Mr Rahul Gandhi! Shameful & unpardonable.”

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is in a war of words with RSS after he exclaimed in a 2014 rally that people associated with the RSS was behind the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.