Patna: Senior RJD leader Rabri Devi on Monday sought to claim credit for RSS quitting shorts in favour of trousers, saying this has happened due to her stinging comments.
"After I made a strong criticism of elderly RSS workers shamelessly wearing half pants in front of people, it remained in their memory following which now they have decided to wear brown trousers in place of khaki shorts," Rabri, who is wife of RJD President Lalu Prasad, told reporters.
"I welcome the RSS's decision to shun shorts in favour of trousers," the former Bihar Chief Minister, who is at present member of the state Legislative Council, said emerging from the House. Rabri had made a stinging remark on dress code of the RSS during a function at S K Memorial hall here on January 17 to celebrate re-election of Lalu Prasad as party president.
"RSS me budha budha admi half pant pahanta hai. RSS kaisa sangthan hay jaha budhe bhi half pant pahante hai. Logo ke same enhe half pant pahankar aane me sharam bhi nahi aata hai, (In RSS, old people wear shorts. What kind of an organisation is RSS where old people wear shorts. They are not even ashamed to wear them in front of everyone" she had commented.
Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi had trashed Rabri's criticism and had dubbed her as "a woman of 19th century" who does not know that shorts have become a craze even among elderly people who move around in malls and market places in shorts. The RSS yesterday announced at Nagaur in Rajasthan its decision to shift to brown trouser from khaki shorts adopted 90 years ago.