Pranab Mukherjee breaks silence on attending RSS event, says, 'Whatever I have to say, I will say in Nagpur'

Breaking his silence on accepting an invitation to attend an RSS event at its Nagpur headquarters on 7 June, former president Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said whatever he has to say, he will say in Nagpur only.

IANS June 03, 2018 10:06:55 IST
Pranab Mukherjee breaks silence on attending RSS event, says, 'Whatever I have to say, I will say in Nagpur'

New Delhi: Breaking his silence on accepting an invitation to attend an RSS event at its Nagpur headquarters on 7 June, former president Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said whatever he has to say, he will say in Nagpur only.

"Whatever I have to say, I will say in Nagpur. I have received several letters, requests and phone calls, but I haven't responded to anyone yet," Mukherjee was quoted as saying by Bengali newspaper Anandabazar Patrika.

Pranab Mukherjee breaks silence on attending RSS event says Whatever I have to say I will say in Nagpur

File image of former president Pranab Mukerjee. PTI

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has invited Mukherjee to be the chief guest at the concluding function of "Tritiya Varsh Varg" or third-year course and address the Swayamsevaks' on 7 June.

The RSS invite to Mukherjee sparked off a controversy, as the Congress leaders expressed unhappiness over his acceptance, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Sangh saw nothing wrong in it.

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh also wrote to Mukherjee requesting him not to attend the RSS event.

Earlier, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram had urged him to take the opportunity to tell the RSS what is wrong with their ideology.

"Now that he has accepted the invitation, there is no point in debating why he accepted it. The more important thing to say is, Sir you have accepted invitation, please go there and tell them what is wrong with their ideology," the former Union minister had said.

Another former Union minister CK Jaffer Sharief in a letter to Mukherjee had urged him to reconsider his decision and avoid attending the event in the interest of secularism.

Expressing surprise over former president Pranab Mukherjee's decision to attend an RSS event, West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury had said he was unable to relate the visit with Mukherjee's previous comments against the Sangh Parivar and other Hindutva forces.

"My question is does he (Mukherjee) think his previous comments against RSS were wrong? We remember how Pranab Mukherjee as a senior leader of the Congress had come down heavily on RSS as a communal and a divisive organisation," he had said.

"I am surprised to hear about Pranab Mukherjee's decision to attend RSS's function in Nagpur. Just like any other Congressman, I am astonished too," Chowdhury, who has shared a long association with Mukherjee, said.

Updated Date:

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro at ₹499 for the first year. Use code PRO499. Limited period offer. *T&C apply

also read

West Bengal Assembly election 2021, Kumargram profile: RSP, CPM aim for return in constituency reserved under ST category
Politics

West Bengal Assembly election 2021, Kumargram profile: RSP, CPM aim for return in constituency reserved under ST category

In 2019, Kumargram was among the areas where CPM offices reopened, apart from areas like Dinhata in Coochbehar, Mahesh and Goghat in Hooghly, Duttapukur and Habra in North 24 Parganas

West Bengal Assembly election 2021, Alipurduar profile: Parties look to woo voters in tribal-dominated constituency
Politics

West Bengal Assembly election 2021, Alipurduar profile: Parties look to woo voters in tribal-dominated constituency

Alipurduar is among the constituencies in North Bengal which will also see candidates from the Shiv Sena and Hemant Soren-led JMM

Day after protests against attacks on students and youths, Left parties observe 12-hour bandh in West Bengal
India

Day after protests against attacks on students and youths, Left parties observe 12-hour bandh in West Bengal

Over 150 students and youths were injured on Thursday in clashes between protestors and the police during a march held to demand jobs and better education facilities