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Rijiju defends Bhagwat, TMC calls him 'Minister of Sangh'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today defended Mohan Bhagwat's remarks on the Army, drawing flak from opposition Trinamool which called him a "of Sangh".

Rijiju, the of State of Home, also hit out at the which had criticised Bhagwat's remarks, saying it should not try to politicise the

"is our pride. In emergency situation (not emergency), every Indian must volunteer to stand with Defence Forces. Bhagwat ji only said it takes 6-7 months for a person to be a trained soldier & if Constitution permits RSS cadres has the ability to contribute (sic)," the minister said in a tweet.

In another tweet, Rijiju targeted the Congress saying "who had asked for proof of surgical strike from

"Never try to politicise Congress tried to dilute the Army in 2004 on religious lines by head counting but Army firmly stood the ground," he said.

The (TMC) questioned why a minister was defending the

"After the tweet of Rijiju, it has become even more evident that this government is being remote controlled by the RSS," alleged.

"is not a but a minister of Sangh. A minister of the government is supporting and defending the RSS," O'Brien told reporters.

The RSS has claimed that its chief's speech has been misrepresented. Bhagwat had not compared the Indian Army with Sangh volunteers and his remarks on the matter were "misrepresented", it said

Congress has accused Bhagwat of "disrespecting" the Army and those who have laid down their lives for the country.

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

First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 16:45 IST