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We had no hesitation in inviting Mukherjee, nor had he in accepting it: Bhagwat

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

Mohan today said the Sangh considers affection for all an ideal, and that is why it felt no hesitation in inviting former Pranab to its program.

"When he (Mukherjee) was with a party, he belonged to them (Congress), but when he became the of the country, he belonged to the whole country.

"We did not have any hesitation in inviting him, and he did not have any hesitation in coming. We all belong to one country, and we all should have 'Aatmiyata' for each other," said.

The RSS's decision to invite the former to address its volunteers last month, and the latter's decision to accept the invitation, had raised many eyebrows, with some leaders criticising

was speaking at 'Prerna Vidyarthi Sammellan' organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

A book on the life of late Dattaji Didolkar, the founder of ABVP, was unveiled on the occasion.

Bhagwat extolled Didolkar as a selfless man who was accessible to everyone, and who had 'aatmiyata' (affection) towards everybody.

was also present at the event. Gadkari too spoke about his interactions with Didolkar in his student days.

Sunil Ambekar, the of the ABVP, announced on this occasion that the organisation will be starting "Selfie With Campus", an outreach program, this month, aiming to cover one lakh college campuses.

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 23:45 IST