RSS Chief's Speech an Insult to Every Indian: Rahul

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And even though he has been on tour, Rahul did take the time to slam the Mohan Bhagwat, chief of RSS nationalist party for his comments on the Indian Army, "The RSS Chief's speech is an insult to every Indian, because it disrespects those who have died for our nation".

Responding to a question on Bhagwat's remark by mediapersons, the Janata Dal-United leader said, "What should I say about it?" He cited examples of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Congo, and said India can not allow such a development.

Bhagwat, who is now on a ten-day tour of Bihar and meeting farmers and activists of various wings of his organisation, however, denied that RSS is a military outfit. "Such statements and thoughts weaken the morale of our armed forces", he said.

RSS and BJP leaders said the party led by the jailed Lalu Prasad Yadav is "incapable of understanding the ideal of patriotism". Terming it as "an insult to every Indian", the Gandhi scion said that the comment disrespects our martyrs.

"His statement exposes the RSS's hidden agenda to float parallel militias to wreak havoc and crush national unity. Hindu terror", he added. This was in no way a comparison between the Indian Army and the Sangh swayamsevaks, but it was a comparison between the general society and swayamsevaks. "Both are to be trained by the Indian Army only".

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Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kirren Rijiju came to the support of Bhagwat. "Indian Army is a highly respected organisation with countless sacrifices for the nation".

The RSS chief's speech was an "insult" to every Indian, the Congress president said and demanded an apology from the RSS. In his tweets, Rijiju reiterated what the RSS had clarified and turned the tables on the Congress, claiming that it wanted to divide the army on religious lines in the past.

The MoS was also critical of the Congress for "politicising" the Army. "A minister of the government is supporting and defending the RSS", O'Brien told reporters.

Speaking at a mammoth meeting of RSS's uniformed cadres, Bhagwat reportedly said that while the Indian army and its soldiers might take 6-7 months to prepare themselves to indulge in a full=scale war, RSS cadres would be ready to face the battle within 3 months of advance notice.

"This is our capability".

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