Pranab Mukherjee at RSS programme in Nagpur: Former President reaches Sangh headquarters in Nagpur

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Nagpur | Updated:Jun 06, 2018 7:52:13 pm

Pranab Mukherjee at RSS programme in Nagpur: Former President Pranab Mukherjee will reach Nagpur today to attend an event of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

pranab mukherjee mohan bhagwatFormer President Pranab Mukherjee and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. (File photo)

Former President Pranab Mukherjee will reach Nagpur today to attend an event of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Sangh’s Delhi head will accompany Mukherjee and he will be welcomed by Sangh workers at the airport, say reports. Mukherjee will share a stage as a chief guest with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat during the concluding ceremony of Sangh’s 25-day Tritiya Varsh Training programme. As many as 708 Swayamsevaks from across the country will also participate in the event. These include doctors, IT experts, engineers, journalists, farmers and youth of 25-30 years from different sections of the society.

Ahead of the event, Mukherjee’s decision to attend the RSS function has created an uproar with scores of Congress leaders appealing the former President to not visit Nagpur. The Congress, which sees RSS as an adversary, believes Sangh ideology will strengthen with the participation of Mukherjee in its programme.

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    19:51 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Pranab Mukherjee reaches Nagpur to attend RSS event tomorrow

    Former President Pranab Mukherjee arrived here today to attend tomorrow an RSS event which has generated a lot of interest and controversy over the last few days. Mukherjee, who had been in the Congress for most of his political career and had been slamming the RSS, will attend the valedictory function of the 'Sangh Shiksha Varg' here, the headquarters of the Sangh fountainhead.

    Mukherjee accepting the invite from the RSS has generated a lot of interest as well as controversy, with Congress leaders urging him not to attend the event in the 'interest of secularism'. Despite the reservations expressed by the Congress leaders, Mukherjee is going ahead to attend the event. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has said that since Mukherjee has accepted the invitation, he should go and tell the RSS 'what is wrong' in their ideology. Ramesh Chennithala, a senior Congress leader from Kerala, last week sent a letter to Mukherjee, requesting him to refrain from attending the event.

    Chennithala, also leader of the opposition in Kerala assembly, had said Mukherjee's decision had come as a 'rude shock' to the secular minds of the country. 'As a person who has served as the first citizen of our country and the greatest ambassador of secularism, I request you to reconsider your decision to attend the RSS meet on June 7,2018,' said Chennithala in his letter. West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury and senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao too had urged Mukherjee not to attend the event. 'I am really surprised to hear about the decision of Pranab Mukherjee to attend RSS's programme in Nagpur. Just like any other Congressman, I am really astonished to hear about it,' said Chowdhury.

    'My question is does he (Mukherjee) think his previous comments against RSS were wrong ... We still remember how Pranab Mukherjee as a senior leader of the Congress had criticized RSS as a communal and a divisive organization,' he said. (PTI)

    18:35 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Watch: RSS workers welcome Pranab Mukherjee in Nagpur
    17:02 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Pranab Mukherjee reaches Nagpur

    Former President Pranab Mukherjee has reached Nagpur on the invitation of RSS. He will be chief guest during the concluding ceremony of RSS'  25-day Tritiya Varsh Training programme. 

    Former President of India Dr.Pranab Mukherjee arrives in Nagpur. He is the chief guest at a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) program tomorrow

    14:33 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    When Pranab Mukherjee stunned Congress

    Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to accept the invitation extended to him by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has taken many Congress leaders by surprise. Though UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi are yet to state their stand on the matter, several party leaders have expressed reservations on the former Congress leader’s move. A Congress leader had told The Indian Express that it was Mukherjee who had in 2010 tabled a resolution in the AICC plenary meet asking the then UPA government to ‘investigate the links between the Sangh and terrorists and its sister groups that have been uncovered in some recent case’. READ full report here

    14:18 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    'History is repeating itself': RSS leader Mohan Vaidya comments on uproar over Mukherjee's Nagpur visit

    Vaidya says uproar by Congress leaders over the decision of former President Pranab Mukherjee to attend RSS programme is not new. 'History is repeating itself after all these years. A towering leader, also the former president of the nation, is being questioned by junior leaders. The roots of this differing response lie in the Bharatiya and non-Bharatiya perspectives on dialogue,' Vaidya wrote today in The Indian Express. The RSS leader cites several examples over the past decades when there were uproars over a leader's decision to attend RSS function.

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