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Bhagwat's Army remark 'insulting', should apologise: Mayawati

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Hitting out at Bhagwat, supremo today said the comparison made by the between the and the Sangh is "disturbing and insulting".

has come in for criticism from opposition parties for remarks that the (RSS) had the ability to fight for the country with three days' training if needed, while the would take 6-7 months to ready troops.

In a statement issued here today, the BSP said, "The comparison made between and swayamsevaks (volunteers) by is indeed disturbing and insulting."

added, "If has so much faith in his militant swayamsevaks, then why are special commandos engaged in his security at the government's expenses."

The BSP chief said that at a time when the Army is facing different types of challenges, the statement made by the RSS chief lowers the morale of the force.

demanded that Bhagwat tender an apology to the country for his "wrong" statement.

Attacking the RSS, she said, "Bhagwat should remove his bhram (confusion) about swayamsevaks, because the RSS is no longer a social organisation, and is fast becoming a political organisation.

"Its swayamsevaks have shelved social service, and are seen busy in electoral of the BJP."

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

Bhagwat's remarks at an RSS workers meet in on February 11 were made as a comparison between common people and volunteers and were in "no way a comparison" with the Army, RSS Akhil Bhartiya Prachaar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya said in a statement.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 13:10 IST