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RSS chief's remark on Army "absolutely wrong", should

Press Trust of India  |  Jewargi (Karna) 

Rahul Gandhi today criticised chief for his reported remark that the Sangh outfit could "prepare" military personnel faster than the Army, saying it was "absolutely wrong" and he should apologise for it.

"Bhagwat's remark is absolutely wrong, I'm pained hearing it," he said.

"Our soldiers shed their blood, stand at the borders and work, they give their lives," Gandhi told reporters here in the midst of his four-day campaign in poll-bound

Under flak over its chief's reported remarks, the clarified that had not compared the Indian with Sangh volunteers and his remarks on the matter were "misrepresented."

Gandhi said, "Bhagwatji's statement is absolutely wrong, he has to apologize. He has to say that he has committed a mistake."

"Soldiers, whether they are from paramilitary force or or air force or navy or whoever works for the security of this country, he has said this against them. What he has saidis absolutely wrong and he has to apologise," Gandhi added.

Earlier, Gandhi accused of "disrespecting" the and those who have laid down their lives for the country and said his speech was an "insult" to every Indian.

"The chief's speech is 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 Mr Bhagwat, for disrespecting our martyrs and our Army. #ApologiseRSS," he tweeted.

Addressing an RSS workers meet in yesterday, Bhagwat reportedly said, "Sangh will prepare military personnel within three days which the Army would do in 6-7 months. This is our capability."

"Swayamsewak will be ready to take on the front if the country faces such a situation and Constitution permits (to do so)."

Bhagwat's remarks were made as a comparison between common people and Sangh volunteers (swayamsevaks) and were in "no way a comparison" with the Indian Army, RSS Akhil Bhartiya Prachaar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya said in a statement, seeking to douse the controversy.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 18:15 IST