New Delhi: Pranab Mukherjee's daughter and Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee late on Thursday accused the "dirty tricks department" of the BJP-RSS of circulating a morphed picture showing the former president raising his hand in salutation like the RSS leaders and cadre.
Sharmistha Mukherjee was vehemently opposed to the former president visiting the RSS headquarters and had publicly urged her father on Twitter to express her disapproval.
"See, this is exactly what I was fearing and warned my father about. Not even few hours have passed, but BJP/RSS dirty tricks dept is at work in full swing!" she said, responding to a tweet showing a "morphed" picture of Pranab Mukherjee doing the salutation along with RSS leaders and cadre at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.
See, this is exactly what I was fearing & warned my father about. Not even few hours have passed, but BJP/RSS dirty tricks dept is at work in full swing! https://t.co/dII3nBSxb6— Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK) June 7, 2018
Sharmistha had on Wednesday said her father was giving the BJP and the Sangh a handle to plant false stories.
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— Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK) June 6, 2018
.@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— Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK) June 6, 2018
The former president's official Twitter handle is @CitiznMukherjee.
Her outburst came soon after rumours about her joining the BJP cropped up ahead of Mukherjee's visit to Nagpur.
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.