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Bhagwat's comment on army triggers outrage despite RSS clarification

IANS  |  New Delhi 

chief Mohan Bhagwat's controversial comment on the Indian Army's preparedness for a war has triggered outrage among the opposition parties even as the outfit said the remarks were being "misrepresented".

On social media, opposition and Left parties sought an apology from Bhagwat for the "insulting" remarks against the even as an statement said its chief never compared the with his organisation.

The statement said Bhagwat told a gathering in Muzaffarpur on Sunday that in case of a war the would take six months to prepare the society whereas volunteers can be trained in three days because "Swayamsevaks practise discipline regularly".

"This was no way a comparison between the and the Sangh swayamsevaks but it was a comparison between general society and swayamsevaks. Both are to be trained by the only," said.

The chief, who is in on a 10-day visit, was on Sunday quoted as saying that the outfit has the ability to prepare an to fight for the country within three days, if such a situation arises and the Constitution permits.

"The Sangh will prepare within three days which the would do in 6-7 months. This is our capability. Swayamsevaks will be ready to take on the front if the country faces such a situation and the Constitution permits," Bhagwat told workers at Zila school ground in Muzaffarpur.

"The is not a military organisation, but we have discipline like the military.

If the country requires and the country's Constitution allows, the is ready to fight on the borders against the enemy," he said.

said Bhagwat's speech was "an insult to every Indian because it disrespects those who have died for our nation.

"It is an insult to our flag because it insults every soldier who ever saluted it. Shame on you Bhagwat, for disrespecting our martyrs and our "

MP said the comments were "brutally insensitive" particularly when the was battling militants in "Our is the bravest in the world. The should apologise."

CPI-M said Bhagwat's comments on the were "in poor taste, against Constitutional propriety".

"His statement exposes RSS' hidden agenda to float parallel militias to wreak havoc, crush national unity. Parallel is talking about what we have always warned against. Hindu terror," the CPI-M leader said.



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 15:38 IST