I will say whatever I have to in Nagpur: Former President Pranab Mukherjee breaks silence over accepting RSS invite

Mukherjee accepted the invitation to be the Chief Guest at the valedictory function of Third Year Sangha Shiksha Varga of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at Nagpur.

Published: 03rd June 2018 02:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th June 2018 10:41 PM   |  A+A-

Former President Pranab Mukherjee. (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Breaking his silence on accepting an invitation to attend an RSS event at its Nagpur headquarters on June 7, former President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said whatever he has to say, he will say in Nagpur only.

“Whatever I have to say, I will say in Nagpur. I have received several letters, requests and phone calls, but I haven’t responded to anyone yet,” Mukherjee was quoted as saying by a Bengali newspaper.

The RSS has invited Mukherjee to be the chief guest at the concluding function of “Tritiya Varsh Varg” or third-year course and address the Swayamsevaks’ on June 7.

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“Many in the Congress have expressed uneasiness over the 82-year-old former President’s decision. While senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh wrote to Mukherjee requesting him not to attend the event, senior leader P Chidambaram had urged him to take the opportunity to tell the RSS what is wrong with their ideology.

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“Now that he has accepted the invitation, there is no point in debating why he accepted it. The more important thing to say is, Sir you have accepted invitation, please go there and tell them what is wrong with their ideology,” the former Union Minister had said.

Welcoming Mukherjee’s decision, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, “Mukherjee’s acceptance of the invitation is a good start. Political untouchability is not good,” said Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.


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    Former President and his intelligences are already asset of our nation & even though Sri. Prnab Mukherjee was a former Congressman he relinquished such status on becoming the President of India. I am sad Congressman lake the understanding and thinking ability.
    4 years ago reply
  • Narendra M Apte

    What was the last time when the Congress party and its so-called high command spent some valuable time and energy to do what is called “Strengths
    4 years ago reply
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