Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Rahul Gandhi slams RSS chief Bhagwat for his remarks over Indian Army

Rahul Gandhi slams RSS chief Bhagwat for his remarks over Indian Army

The matter was highlighted after Mohan Bhagwat stated that his organisation RSS has the capability of raising a force for the nation in just 3 days compared to the Indian Army which would take at least 6-7 months if a situation arrives.

"This was no way a comparison between the Indian army and the Sangh swayamsevaks but it was a comparison between general society and swayamsevaks", Vaidya said.

Earlier, Gandhi accused Bhagwat of "disrespecting" the Army and those who have laid down their lives for the country and said his speech was an "insult" to every Indian. The row is over Mr Bhagwat telling his organisation's workers in Bihar yesterday that RSS workers can be trained in three days to defend the country's borders if the need arose.

Describing the Sangh as neither a military nor a para-military organisation, but rather a "parivarik sangathan" (family organisation), Bhagwat said that the discipline practiced in it is like the Army.

"After the tweet of Rijiju, it has become even more evident that this government is being remote-controlled by the RSS", the Trinamool leader said The TMC is likely to give notices in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on what it called the "breakdown of constitutional institutions" in the second half of Budget session of parliament.

However, soon after he made this claim in his speech, Bhagwat clarified that the RSS wasn't a military outfit.

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said the comments were "brutally insensitive" particularly when the Army was battling militants in Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing the press after weekly Lok Samvad in Patna, Nitish, while answering a question on RSS chief's comments, said, "What is wrong in it. His statement exposes RSS's hidden agenda to float parallel militias to wreak havoc, crush national unity", Vijayan said in a message posted on Facebook.

"Such a statement shows that RSS seems to have lost trust in the Army under the regime of BJP government or is trying to focus on building a parallel army".

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also defended the RSS chief's remarks and hit out at the Congress, saying it should not try to politicise the army.

The statement did not go down well in the political fraternity, with Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday calling the RSS chief's remarks as "an insult to every Indian". If the country needs it and the Constitution takes six or seven months to prepare an army.

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