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RSS dropped shorts for trousers after my criticism, says Rabri Devi

RSS dropped shorts for trousers after my criticism, says Rabri Devi

"RSS me budha budha admi half pant pahanta hai. RSS kaisa sangthan hay jaha budhe bhi half pant pahante hai. Logo ke same enhe half pant pahankar aane me sharam bhi nahi aata hai," she had said.

Patna: Senior Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Rabri Devi on Monday sought to claim credit for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh quitting shorts in favour of trousers, saying this has happened due to her stinging comments.

"After I made a strong criticism of elderly RSS workers shamelessly wearing half pants in front of people, it remained in their memory following which now they have decided to wear brown trousers in place of khaki shorts," Rabri, who is wife of RJD President Lalu Prasad, said.

"I welcome the RSS's decision to shun shorts in favour of trousers," the former Bihar chief minister, who is at present member of the state Legislative Council, said emerging from the House.

Rabri had made a stinging remark on dress code of the RSS during a function at SK Memorial hall here on January 17 to celebrate re-election of Lalu Prasad as party president.

"RSS me budha budha admi half pant pahanta hai. RSS kaisa sangthan hay jaha budhe bhi half pant pahante hai. Logo ke same enhe half pant pahankar aane me sharam bhi nahi aata hai," she had commented.

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi had trashed Rabri's criticism and had dubbed her as "a woman of 19th century" who does not know that shorts have become a craze even among elderly people who move around in malls and market places in shorts.

The RSS had on Sunday announced at Nagaur in Rajasthan its decision to shift to brown trouser from khaki shorts adopted 90 years ago.

first published:March 15, 2016, 07:46 IST