Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) on Monday said that its chief Mohan Bhagwat did not compare Sangh volunteers with Indian Army and was misunderstood by political parties.
Addressing the workers at Zila school ground in Muzaffarpur on Sunday, RSS chief had said it may take Indian Army six-seven months to get battle-ready, but if need be RSS can prepare an army within three days.
However, the organisation claims that Bhagwat was not comparing Army with Sangh. “Mohan Bhagwat wasn’t comparing Indian Army with RSS. In fact, he said that Army takes 6 months to ready its jawans, but if RSS trains, a soldier will become Swamsewak in 3 days,” the organisation said in a statement.
The clarification comes after Bhagwat faced a volley of attacks from political parties for the comment.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that Bhagwat's comment was it 'an insult to our flag because it insults every soldier who ever saluted it'.
"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," Gandhi tweeted.
Earlier on Sunday, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said “Insulting Army is equivalent to insulting the people of the country. By making a statement, RSS tried to imply that it is above Army as well.”
Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh also hit out at Bhagwat by tweeting, “If we would have made such a statement, BJP would have sent us to Pakistan by now; and media would have sought a punishment to hang us. But, the matter here is about Bhagwat”. He further added saying, “Our image gets stained by doing nothing and they murder and no one talks about it.”