A Congress post featuring a burning pair of Khaki shorts in an apparent dig at the RSS, triggered a war of words in the backdrop of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra. In its tweet, Congress wrote “To free the country from shackles of hate and undo the damage done by BJP-RSS. Step-by-step, we will reach our goal.” The image of the burning Khaki shorts was captioned: “145 days more to go.” The tweet did not name the RSS though it clearly pointed at the organisation’s trademark Khaki shorts. Incidentally, the RSS had given up its Khaki shorts for trousers in 2016. The Congress tweet evoked strong BJP and RSS reactions. While the BJP demanded that the tweet be taken down as it was a signal to violence against its workers in Kerala where they were subjected to violence. “They want to connect people to hatred. They’ve harboured hatred for us for a long time now. Their father and grandfather tried to stop the RSS but the RSS did not stop and kept growing as we continued to get support from people,” said Dr Manmohan Vaidya, an RSS leader. Bangalore South MP Tejasvi Surya said the tweet was typical of the Congress “ecosystem of violence”. BJP spokesperson Dr Sambit Patra described Rahul’s Bharat Jodo Yatra as Bharat Todo aur Aag Lago Yatra.