Doctored Pic Of Pranab Mukherjee With RSS-Style Salute Goes Viral, As Predicted By Daughter

| June 8 , 2018 , 12:06 IST

As predicted by Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee, soon after her father, former President of India Pranab Mukherjee delivered his speech at an RSS event on Thursday, a doctored image of him went viral, showing Mukherjee wearing an RSS-style hat and giving the RSS style salute.

On the invitation of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee had last month accepted an invite to attend the valedictory ceremony of new RSS members which took place in Nagpur on Thursday.

Mukherjee's acceptance of the RSS invite was met with criticism by other Congress leaders, including his own daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee who had warned him that his speech would be forgotten and visuals would be misused.

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In a tweet after the event, Sharmistha said that what she had warned her father about had come true.

"See, this is exactly what I was fearing and warned my father about. Not even few hours have passed, but BJP/RSS dirty tricks department is at work in full swing!" Sharmistha tweeted.

In an earlier tweet, Sharmistha had warned, of "how BJP dirty tricks dept operates" and that "Even RSS wouldn't believe that you are going to endorse its views in your speech. But the speech will be forgotten, visuals will remain and those will be circulated with fake statements."

During Pranab Mukherjee's speech at the RSS event, he highlighted the importance of secularism.

“Secularism and inclusion is a matter of faith for us. India’s nationhood is not one language, one religion, one nation,” said Mukherjee, a former Congress leader for almost four decades.

“When I shut my eyes and dream of India, I am mesmerised that 1.3 billion people speak 122 languages, practise seven major religions and belong to three major ethnic groups. Yet, they are under one system, one flag, one Constitution and one identity, which we may call Bharatiya or Indian,” Mukherjee said.