Mohan Bhagwat RSS Chief referred to history to clarify the rationale behind extending an invitation to former President and career Congressman Pranab Mukherjee to deliver the keynote speech at Tritiya Varsh Varg function as its chief guest.
Bhagwat said,”There has been a tradition that we invite well-known people from various walks of life for our Tritiya Varsh event. We are only following this tradition. There is no meaning to this discussion that has happened this time. Everyone in this country knows the personality of Pranab Mukherjee, we are grateful that we are able to learn something from him. How Pranab was called and how he is coming is not a matter of debate. Sangh is Sangh, Pranab is Pranab”.
In Nagpur, several Congress leaders have expressed their displeasure over the former President’s visit to the Sangh headquarters. On Wednesday senior Ahmed Patel, Congress MP and Gandhi family confidant said that it was not expected of Pranab Mukherjee to attend an RSS event in Nagpur, giving a glimpse into the party high command’s views on the former president’s visit to Nagpur.
The Sangh only wants to unite the entire society, Bhagwat said. He added,”We embrace all, we are not just for one section. RSS believes in unity in diversity. Every citizen born in India is an Indian. It is his right to worship our motherland. There have been many debates about Pranab Mukherjee attending the event but we do not consider anyone different from ourselves. We Indians are one and united”.
Bhagwat said with a smile,” Dr Hedgewar went to jail twice as a Congress worker, he spent time with social reformers, with saints…Some people think that there will be some harm if he (Pranab Mukherjee) comes with us. But our ancestors were the same…Ham sab Ek Hain (We are all one)”.