"If the country requires and the country's Constitution allows, the RSS is ready to fight on the borders against the enemy", Bhagwat said at an RSS function in Muzaffarpur.
The much controversial remark by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief, Mohan Bhagwat, on Indian Army, that irked the sentiments of nearly every citizen across the nation, seem to have drawn a little support from a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti. The statement have received a huge backlash from all across the nation and sparked an outrage on social media.
"It is within RSS's powers to do so", he added. "Running down the army amounts to treason", he said.
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Union minister Uma Bharti claimed Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had sought RSS assistance when Pakistan attacked Jammu and Kashmir soon after independence and Sangh volunteers had gone there to help. "Bhagwat had said that if situation arises and the Constitution permits, Indian Army would take six months to prepare the society whereas Sangh swayamsevaks can be trained in three days, as swayamsevaks practise discipline regularly", Vaidya said, adding this was no comparison between the Army and Sangh swayamsevaks.
The RSS has, however, clarified that its chief's speech has been misrepresented.
It may be noted that RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat had recently said that "Sangh will prepare military personnel within three days which the Army would do in 6-7 months".
Bhagwats remarks had created a political furore with opposition parties especially Congress coming down heavily on the RSS chiefs statement terming it as an insult and disrespect to martyrs and army.