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Rahul Gandhi seeks apology from RSS for 'insulting' remarks on Indian Army

12 February 2018

As Congress president Rahul Gandhi lashed out this morning at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat for a speech on Sunday, the RSS said Mr Bhagwat's comments have been misrepresented.

Gandhi asked Bhagwat to apologise for questioning "preparedness of Indian Army".

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Bhagwat had on Sunday said that RSS has ability to prepare an "Army" to fight for the country within three days.

However, the RSS claims that Bhagwat was not comparing Army with Sangh.

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While addressing Sangh workers at Zila school ground on the last day of his six-day visit of Muzaffarpur, Bhagwat had said: "Hamara military sanghatan nahin hai, military jaisi discipline hamari hai". However, this time he may have gone a bit too far by taking a dig at the Indian Army, who guards the nation in weather conditions sure to send a chill down your spine, sometimes literally! Saying that Bhagwat's remarks were misinterpreted, Manmohan Vaidya of the Akhil Bharatiya Prachaar Pramukh, said, "Bhagwat ji said that if situation arises and the Constitution permits, the Indian Army would take six months to prepare the society whereas the Sangh swayamsevaks can be trained in 3 days, as Swayamsevaks practise discipline regularly".

Meanwhile, Minister of State Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha has defended Bhagwat's comments and said that he aims to make India great and protect the nation, reported Times Now. "The Indian Army is a highly respected organisation with countless sacrifices for the nation". In emergency situation (not congress emergency) every Indian must volunteer to stand with Defence Forces. "If the country requires and the country's Constitution allows, the RSS is ready to fight on the borders against the enemy", he said.

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Rahul Gandhi seeks apology from RSS for 'insulting' remarks on Indian Army