Around 800 RSS workers from across the country will attend the Sangh Shiksha Varg, previously called third year of officer training course (OTC), reported Hindustan Times. The passouts can become full-time ‘pracharaks’ who then carry forward the Sangh work throughout their lives.
An invitation was extended to Mukherjee to address the RSS’s third-year camp for members studying to qualify as pracharaks, which he has accepted, an RSS functionary said on Sunday.
“He will go to Nagpur to attend the event. He will spend two days in Nagpur and return on June 8,” an official from Mukherjee’s office confirmed.
“After Mukherjee became the president, Bhagwat was invited two or three times to Rashtrapati Bhavan and the two talked about India, its culture, and philosophical issues,” said a second official from Mukherjee’s office.
The move has raised many eyebrows as the former president was associated with the Congress throughout his political career. Mukherjee was the top troubleshooter of the Congress till 2012. He was the 13th President and was in office from 2012 to 2017.
Mukherjee accepting the RSS invite caused a political storm on social media with many seeking to remind each other how there were plenty of Sangh sympathisers even within the Congress.
Through out the history RSS was one of the streams in Congress. Pranab Mukherjee is vindicating the view. What a time he has chosen to come out of the closet https://t.co/GgCFoM0xrV
— Omer Farooq (@ExBBComerfarooq) May 27, 2018
Cong man @CitiznMukherjee addressing Mahatma Gandhi murderer terrorist organisation RSS is really a shame. Disrespect to Mahatma Gandhi. RSS has links with ISI as per their own confession Career Congman Pranab Mukherjee to be RSS Chief Guest. https://t.co/Vqh2wdxyd0
— Arun Mysore (@arunmsk) May 28, 2018
Unfortunately most shamefully the ex President of India Pranab Mukherjee is going to attend an event of RSS as its chief guest
— Dr Y Ashok Babu (@DrYAshokBabu) May 28, 2018