Since Pranab Mukherjee addressed RSS members at the organization’s headquarter in Nagpur on June 7, there has been a five fold increase in the applications to join the right wing group, Sangh leaders have claimed.
Moreover, they said, that 40 percent of these applications are from West Bengal, saia a report in the Indian Express.
“On June 6, online applications received were 378. On June 7, it rose to 1,779. Thereafter, on an average we are getting around 1,200-1,300 applications daily. About 40 per cent of these applications are from Bengal,” said Biplab Roy, RSS Prachar Pramukh (spokesperson), South Bengal.
Mukherjee had delivered a speech at RSS’s Tritiya Varsh Training Programme.
“He is a former president and an experienced and popular politician. There was enthusiasm surrounding his visit to Nagpur in the media. It was likely that his visit would draw immediate attention of many towards the RSS, who filed online applications. His presence is one of the reasons. However, we feel that it is RSS’s 92 years of work for the country which is drawing the people towards the organisation,” said Roy.
“It is indeed a privilege to have a former president and veteran politician to speak at our meet. We are thankful to him. Many of the online applications are from Bengal. As far as I know after Karnataka, Bengal is the second in terms of applications to join the organisation. Democracy is being killed in Bengal and fundamentalism is on the rise here,” said Jishnu Basu, RSS general secretary, South Bengal.