Pranab Mukherjee's RSS Speech Will Be Forgotten & Visuals Misused, Warns Daughter Sharmishta

| June 7 , 2018 , 10:21 IST

The decision of former President Pranab Mukherjee to address an event of the RSS on Thursday has drawn criticism from far and wide since the confirmation. The latest to criticise is his own daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee, the President of Delhi Mahila Congress who slammed the decision in a series of tweets on Wednesday night.

Referring to rumours of herself joining the BJP, Sharmistha said that the speech of the former president would be forgotten, but the visuals would remain and be circulated with fake statements.

"In the mountains enjoying a beautiful sunset, and suddenly this news that I’m supposedly joining BJP hits like a torpedo! Can’t there be some peace & sanity in this world? I joined politics because I believe in Congress. Would rather leave politics than leave Congress," she tweeted.

"Hope Pranab Mukherjee now realises from todays’ incident, how BJP dirty tricks dept operates. 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," tweeted Sharmistha.

"By going to Nagpur, you are giving BJP/RSS full handle to plant false stories, spread falls rumours as today and making it somewhat believable. And this is just the beginning!" Sharmistha said.

Senior Congress leader and MP Ahmed Patel, who has been one of the closest advisors of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi also tweeted, "I did not expect this from Pranab da".

Other Congress leaders also reportedly asked the former president to reconsider his decision to attend the RSS event over the past week, while former finance minister P Chidambaram termed it as an opportunity to tell the RSS "what is wrong" in their ideology.

The RSS, considered to be the ideological parent of the BJP, had invited former president and Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee to the RSS headquarter in Nagpur's Reshimbagh to address the valedictory function of the RSS’s third-year officers’ training camp. Around 700 swayamsevaks or volunteers from across the country are participating in the camp, which is also known as the Sangh Shiksha Varga. Pranab Mukherjee's attendance at the event as chief guest was confirmed last month by the RSS.