Conference on border issues: BSF DG attends RSS-backed NGO’s event, triggers controversy

Kolkata: BSF DG KK Sharma on Sunday attended a conference on border issues, organized by Seemanta Chetana Mancha, an NGO affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

After he attended the event, the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) has objected and party MP Derek O’Brien told, “DG BSF goes to an event in his uniform, an event by an RSS-backed NGO! We object to it. TMC (delegation) will meet the Home Minister to raise this issue”.

O’Brien also flagged the issue on Twitter, Sunday evening, “#BREAKING What is a serving BSF DG, KK Sharma, doing in uniform at “RSS-backed NGO’s function in Kolkata”?We will take issue to Home Minister.”

The TMC’s objection to the army officer’s attendance at the event stems from the fact that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat earlier the same day claimed that his organization was capable of preparing military personnel within three days for which the Indian army would take six to seven months.

According to the news published in Indian Express, Mr. Sharma attended the conference on the last day of the two-day event. It is also reported that the conference was attended by 300 delegates from Assam, Tripura and West Bengal.

Reacting on the issue, Organizing Secretary of the NGO, Mr. Jagannath Senapati said that what is wrong in DG BSF attending the conference.

Meanwhile, BSF headquarters told that the presentation from BSF was to explain the role of the force in the border management.

With inputs from ANI