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Former RSS spokesperson and senior RSS ideologue M.G. Vaidya spoke on former President Pranab Mukherjee’s scheduled visit to Nagpur for an RSS function, Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s criticism of the RSS and the BJP’s bypoll loss against the united Opposition.
Pranab Mukherjee is coming to Nagpur for the RSS’s Sangh Shiksha Varg which has triggered speculations in the media and unease in the Congress. Some Congress leaders have appealed to him not to attend it.
The Congress doesn’t understand the RSS. They don’t know what the RSS is. They think the RSS is the BJP. I can understand their opposition to the BJP but the RSS is not the BJP. The RSS is an organisation of the entire society, not an organisation within the society. Society has various streams and the RSS has its reach in all these streams. The RSS only advises (BJP) when asked for. It doesn’t interfere. In 1934, Mahatma Gandhi had gone to a place in Wardha where the RSS camp was going on. In 1965, Lal Bahadur Shastri had consulted many people including the then RSS chief M.S. Golwalkar during the India-Pakistan war. In 1963, Jawaharlal Nehru had invited the RSS to take part in the Republic Day parade and 3000 swayamsevaks had participated in the parade in the RSS uniform. No one is untouchable for the RSS. The Congress is being narrow-minded. They should say that Mukherjee will present the Congress’s views and his own views (on the RSS platform). But, it appears, that the Congress doesn’t have confidence in Pranab Mukherjee.
Mr. Mukherjee had moved a resolution over the alleged terrorist links of the RSS during a Congress conclave in 2010. You are talking of 2010. This is 2018 now. Many things change in eight years. The RSS won’t give him a written speech. He will speak his mind.
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