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'RSS Can Prepare An Army Within 3 Days', Mohan Bhagwat's Statement Sends Twitter Into a Frenzy

Addressing the workers at Zila school ground on the last day of his six-day visit of Muzaffarpur, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said Swayamsewak will be ready to take on the front if the country faces such a situation and Constitution permits to do so.

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Updated:February 12, 2018, 1:21 PM IST
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'RSS Can Prepare An Army Within 3 Days', Mohan Bhagwat's Statement Sends Twitter Into a Frenzy
File photo of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. (PTI)
Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said the organisation has the ability to prepare an "army" to fight for the country within three days, if such a situation arises.

The RSS chief said this while addressing the workers at Zila school ground on the last day of his six-day visit of Muzaffarpur.

"Sangh will prepare military personnel within three days which the Army would do in 6-7 months. This is our capability. Swayamsewak will be ready to take on the front if the country faces such a situation and Constitution permits to do so," Bhagwat said.

Soon, expressing their displeasure over the statement, people came out in full force on the microblogging site Twitter. Demanding an apology from RSS, Twitterati tweeted with #ApologiseRSS hashtag.

























Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "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."




BJP leaders were quick to jump to the right-wing organisational head's defence. Civil Aviation MoS Jayant Sinha said it was a case of misconstrued statement. "Opposition is making unnecessary noise. We are fully with our Army," he said.

MoS Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju also tweeted, "Indian Army is our pride. In emergency situation (not Congress emergency) every Indian must volunteer to stand with Defence Forces. Bhagwat ji only said it takes 6-7 months for a person to be a trained soldier & if Constitution permits RSS cadres has the ability to contribute."




Following the outrage, the organisation has released a press statement terming misrepresentation of comments.

“Mohan Bhagwat’s speech in Muzzafpur (Bihar) is being represented. Bhagwat ji had said that if situation arises and the Constitution permits, Indian Army would take six months to prepare the society whereas Sangh Swayamsevaks can be trained in three days, as Swayamsevaks practise discipline regularly. This was no way a comparison between the Indian Army and the Sangh Swayamsevaks but it was a comparison between general society and Swayamsevaks. Both are to be trained by the Indian Army only.”




Bhagwat's comment came while he was addressing workers at Zila school ground on the last day of his six-day visit of Muzaffarpur.

(With PTI inputs)

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