"I don't need to take lesson from BJP and RSS.... Rastrabhakti mere khoon me hai (Patriotism is in my blood)", Rahul said when asked about his support to JNU students and the protests by BJP.

"A situation has come in the country where attempts are being made to suppress all voices of dissent", he added.

Rahul yesterday dubbed the JNU row and Patiala House court violence as a blot on India's image and sought President Pranab Mukherjee's intervention for immediate action to check  the state of lawlessness and subversion of democratic rights.

"It is not the Government's job to destroy our educational institutions and crush expression of all students. Across the country, RSS is trying to impose a flawed ideology on the students of this country", he told reporters in Delhi.

He also launched a counter attack on the BJP for its anti-national dig at him, asserting that "nationalism is in my blood. I have seen my family sacrifice again and again and again for this nation".

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