Pranab Mukherjee should tell RSS what is wrong with their ideology: Chidambaram
Amid the raging debate over Mukherjee's address at the RSS event, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram made a special request to the veteran politician.
Addressing the reporters, Chidambaram said that, 'now that he has accepted invitation there is no point debating why he accepted it.'
'More important thing to say is, sir you have accepted invitation, please go there and tell them what is wrong with their ideology,' the former Finance Minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Earlier in the day, senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said that the former president's "decision to attend the function organized by the communal outfit has come as a rude shock to the secular minds in this country".
"I have been associated with him for many years. I am very concerned and surprised by his decision. The RSS is always trying to divide the society," the Opposition leader in Kerala Legislative Assembly told reporters.
In the letter to Mukherjee, Chennithala said that the former president's "decision to attend the function organized by the communal outfit has come as a rude shock to the secular minds in this country".
Urging the former president to reconsider his decision, Chennithala wrote in the letter that Mukherjee's decision has "invited unparalleled disgruntlement among the rank and file of the Congress party".
Meanwhile, the RSS has hailed the former President's greatness for accepting their invitation to address their workers in Nagpur.
"This isn't surprising for those who know and understand the Sangh, because RSS has always invited prominent people of the society in its programmes. This time, we invited Dr Pranab Mukherjee and it's his greatness that he has accepted our invitation," read a statement from the RSS.
Mukherjee, who has been a Congress veteran, will be the chief guest at the valedictory function of Sangh Shiksha Varg - a training camp for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh volunteers - at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur, scheduled on June 7.