New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday lashed out at RSS Chief Mohan Baghwat for disrespecting every Indian by disrespecting the army.
Bhagwat on Sunday had said that, “Ours is not a military organisation. But we have discipline like the military. If the country needs it and the Constitution permits…it takes six or seven months to prepare an army…swayamsewaks, if asked, can do it in three days… this is what we are capable of.”
Rahul Gandhi while reacting said, “The RSS Chief’s speech is an insult to every Indian, because it disrespects those who have died for our nation. It is an insult to our flag because it insults every soldier who ever saluted it. Shame on you Mr Bhagwat, for disrespecting our martyrs and our Army”.
However, the RSS has said that Baghwats’s comments regarding the army have been misrepresented.
“Bhagwat ji had said that if situation arises and the Constitution permits, Indian army would take 6 months to prepare the society whereas Sangh swayamsevaks can be trained in 3 days, as Swayamsevaks practice discipline regularly,” said the RSS’ Manmohan Vaidya in a statement.
He added that Baghwat never made a comparison between the Army and the RSS but it was a comparison between the Swayamsevaks (RSS volunteers) and the general society.
“Both are to be trained by the Indian Army only, ” said Vaidya.