Pranab Mukherjee to address RSS cadres in Nagpur
Former President Pranab Mukherjee will attend a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) event scheduled to be held in Nagpur on June 7.
The right-wing organisation's Shiksha Varg - or education wing - will organise the concluding session of a 25-day camp at its national headquarters. Pranab Mukherjee is the chief guest.
Both Mukherjee and Mohan Bhagwat, the sarsanghchalak of the RSS, will speak to over 700 cadres - who, on their part, will demonstrate what they learned at the camp.
It's customary for the RSS to invite eminent personalities to speak to its cadres at these sessions.
'THE NEW SARDAR PATEL'
The Sangh is the parent organisation of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the political arch-nemesis of the Indian National Congress - a party Mukherjee worked in for years before becoming India's head of state.
"The nation must be grateful to Pranab da for finishing all attempts to outcaate [sic] a great organisation that has single-mindedly worked for this great nation," RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy tweeted yesterday.
"Pranab is the new Sardar Patel," he wrote.
Another RSS leader, Rakesh Sinha, said Mukherjee's decision to attend the event "sends a message to the country" that there should be dialogue on vital issues, and that "adversaries are not enemies", in comments published by ANI.
Questions raised about "RSS-Hindutva", Sinha said, were "being answered by his acceptance of [the] invitation".
Inputs from ANI