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Bengal parties flay Bhagwat for comments on army, BJP tries to defend

IANS  |  Kolkata 

West Bengals' political parties on Monday flayed for his controversial comments on the Indian Army's preparedness for a war and asked him to join the if possible.

Terming Bhagwat's comment as "anti-national and demeaning", CPI-M leader demanded his arrest.

"This is an anti-national comment. He has demeaned the with his comment. should be arrested," he said.

Coming down heavily on the chief, state said he should stop lecturing and dared him and activists to take the place of the

"If they really have the ability, let them go to the border and stand in place of the army. 42,000 positions are empty in the let them join. Just giving lectures in rallies and television will not serve any purpose," he said.

However, in an attempt to defend Bhagwat, the state said he did not compare RSS with the but referred to the extent of their preparedness and patriotism for the country.

"What he meant was the RSS activists would be prepared first in case of a calamity. They are disciplined and patriotic. They follow a rigorous training routine everyday so they would easily prepared," argued state BJP

Bhagwat's statement in a gathering in Muzaffarpur on Sunday courted massive controversy, as he claimed that in case of a war, the would take six months to prepare whereas RSS volunteers can get prepared in three days to fight on the borders against the enemy.



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 22:46 IST