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Ahmed Patel’s Tweet Gives a Peek Into Congress High Command Mood on Pranab’s RSS Attendance

Ahmed Patel’s tweet came a couple of hours after Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter and Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee publicly urged her father not to go through with the visit to RSS headquarters.

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Updated:June 7, 2018, 10:51 AM IST
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New Delhi: Senior Congress MP and Gandhi family confidant Ahmed Patel said late on Wednesday that it was not expected of Pranab Mukherjee to attend an RSS event in Nagpur, giving a glimpse into the party high command’s views on the former president’s visit to Nagpur.

Patel’s tweet came a couple of hours after Pranab’s daughter and Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee publicly urged her father not to go through with the visit to RSS headquarters.



In her tweets, Sharmistha cautioned her father against his decision to address the RSS event on Thursday evening, saying he was giving the BJP and the Sangh a handle to plant false stories as his "speech will be forgotten" but the "visuals will remain". She also warned her father of the consequences of attending such a meet.







Her outburst came soon after rumours about her joining the BJP cropped up ahead of Mukherjee's visit to Nagpur tomorrow. She dismissed such "rumours" of her joining the BJP as "false" and alleged they were the handiwork of BJP's "dirty tricks department". She said she would rather leave politics than quit the Congress.

Going through with the visit despite criticism from former Congress colleagues, including Jairam Ramesh and P Chidambaram, Pranab said he will say whatever he has to at the Nagpur event.

"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 last week.

| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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