The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat received a great deal of thump from the Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Congress had accused Bhagwat of instigating disrespect against the Indian Army.
Gandhi lashed out in a mocking tweet and demanded an apology from RSS. Bhagwat had compared Sangh cadre with Indian Army personnel.
The RSS Chief's speech is an insult to every Indian, because it disrespects those who have died for our nation.
It is an insult to our flag because it insults every soldier who ever saluted it.
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 12, 2018
“Despite not being a military organization, Sangh can prepare military personnel within three days which the Army normally takes months to do. This is our capability,” said Bhagwat, speaking at an RSS function in Muzaffarpur, Bihar.
“If the nation requires, and our constitution permits, the RSS is ready to go to the border and fight for country’s safety,” he added.
Gandhi’s tweet read, “Shame on you Mr Bhagwat, for disrespecting our martyrs and our Army.”
Randeep Surjewala, who is the Congress communications in-charge, tore into the RSS. He called on people to reject the saffron outfit’s “DNA division”. Surjewala tweeted,
Let all Indians remember-
They vilified Gandhi,
They slandered Nehru,
They slammed Patel,
They attacked Ambedkar.
They didn’t fly the Tricolour for 52 yrs,
They don’t admit women to Shakha for 92 yrs.
Now, Sangh insults Army’s valour.
We, the Indians,reject ur DNA of division pic.twitter.com/WwPdW7CBJL
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) February 12, 2018
The attack bandwagon was a follow-up by Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Patidar activist Hardik Patel. Mevani termed RSS an army of underwear-clad men only interested in sparking riots in the country. Mevani’s colleague Patel said “no one needs to learn patriotism” from Bhagwat. “A case should be registered against Bhagwat for calling Indian Army weak,” Patel tweeted.