Upset over RSS visit, Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter expresses her anger

NEW DELHI: Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter, Sharmistha Mukherjee on Wednesday warned her father, against attending an RSS event at its Nagpur headquarters on June 7.

An upset Sharmishtha said Mukherjee by going to Nagpur would give BJP and RSS an opportunity to plant to spread rumours and “full handle to plant false stories”.

Sharmishtha, the chief of the women’s wing of the Delhi unit of the Congress party took to Twitter and wrote: “Hope @CitiznMukherjee now realises from todays’ incident, how BJP dirty tricks dept operates. Even RSS wouldn’t believe that u r going 2 endorse its views in ur speech. But the speech will be forgotten, visuals will remain & those will be circulated with fake statements. 1/2 [sic].”

In another tweet, she added: “@CitiznMukherjee By going 2 Nagpur, u r giving BJP/RSS full handle 2 plant false stories, spread falls rumours as 2day & making it somewhat believable. And this is just d beginning! 2/2 [sic].”

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has invited Mukherjee to be the chief guest at the concluding function of “Tritiya Varsh Varg” or third-year course and address the Swayamsevaks’ on June 7.

The RSS invite to Mukherjee sparked off a controversy, as the Congress leaders expressed unhappiness over his acceptance, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Sangh saw nothing wrong in it.

Breaking his silence on the issue, the 82-year-old former President had said whatever he has to say, he will say in Nagpur only.

“Whatever I have to say, I will say in Nagpur. I have received several letters, requests and phone calls, but I haven’t responded to anyone yet,” Mukherjee was quoted as saying by Bengali newspaper Anandabazar Patrika.