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Nehru sought RSS help in J-K when Pak attacked after

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

today claimed had sought RSS assistance when attacked soon after independence and Sangh volunteers had gone there to help.

Her claim comes amid the controversy over Mohan Bhagwat's reported remarks on the

While speaking to reporters here, Bharti refused to make a direct comment on Bhagwat's remarks.

However, she said soon after independence, Maharaja Hari Singh, the ruler of the princely state of Kashmir, was not signing the accession treaty of and Sheikh was pressing him to sign.

"Nehru was in a dilemma. Then suddenly attacked and its soldiers advanced upto Udhampur," she said.

The did not have "hi-tech equipment" to reach there immediately as the attack was unexpected, the said.

"At that time, Nehru-Ji wrote a letter to Guru Golwalkar (then M S Golwalkar) seeking RSS volunteers' help. RSS volunteers went to to help," Bharti claimed.

"The is being stoned, abused, FIRs are being lodged against it. At the JNU (University) allegations were made that the was raping women...this is freedom of expression, but saying that the RSS volunteers can lay their lives for the country became an insult to the Army," she claimed.

She was apparently referring to an event in JNU, where anti-slogans were allegedly raised. The event was held to commemorate the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The opposition parties had yesterday charged Bhagwat with "insulting" the armed forces and the country by claiming that in the eventuality of a battle to be fought, the RSS could mobilise itself in three days while the would take six to seven months to do so.

The RSS had said Bhagwat had not compared the with Sangh volunteers and his remarks on the matter were "misrepresented".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 23:40 IST
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