Questioned Over Accepting RSS Invite, Pranab Mukherjee’s Firm Response

NEW DELHI:¬†¬†Former president Pranab Mukherjee — who is facing criticism for accepting an invitation to a function of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — has said he will say his piece only in Nagpur.

“Whatever I have to say, I will say in Nagpur. I have received several letters, requests and phone calls, but I haven’t responded to anyone yet,” Mr Mukherjee was quoted as saying by Bengali newspaper Anandabazar Patrika.

The 82-year-old former President has been repeatedly asked to reconsider his decision to attend by various leaders of the Congress, the party he had been a member of decades. Last week, he even had some advice from former union minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram.

Pointing out that Mr Mukherjee has already accepted the invite, Mr Chidambaram said, “The more important thing to say is, ‘Sir you have accepted the invitation, please go there and tell them what is wrong with their ideology’.”

Mr Chidambaram said at a discussion on “India at 71 – Hits and Misses” after the launch of book by Congress leader and senior lawyer Abhishek Singhvi “Straight Talk”.

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