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BENGALURU: In a controversy which continues to haunt the legacy of former President Pranab Mukherjee, contrasting with his five decades-long belief Nehruvian philosophy, the three-hour visit to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) shivir in Nagpur to deliver a speech has been questioned time and again by his parent party– Congress.
At the condolence meeting held by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) in Bengaluru, two senior leaders of the state unit, former CM Siddaramaiah and Rajya Sabha MP M Mallikarjun Kharge both recalled that Mukherjee’s visit to deliver a speech at RSS remained forever an “unanswered question”.
Speaking at the meet, Mukherjee’s former union cabinet colleague Kharge was the first to raise the issue and said: “He was such a learned man and was so well versed in history, finance, religion and anything under the sun. He was a staunch believer in Nehruvian philosophy and a follower of Indira Gandhi. But it continued to baffle me, and will forever remain an unanswered question, as to why the former President visited the RSS headquarters to deliver a speech.”
The former union labour minister added that he always wanted to question Mukherjee as to what prompted him to visit RSS and deliver the speech but never got the opportunity for a one-on-one meeting due to the former’s illness, and now his demise.
Kharge immediately went on to add that this was his personal opinion but was agreed upon by Siddaramaiah.
The former CM went on to reiterate the same and added: “He was the most committed of the national leaders and had been in politics for as many as 50 years, and yet he went to visit the RSS HQ to deliver a speech after stepping down as the President. RSS is a communal organisation and was the one which killed our father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. I personally believe that he should not have gone there. But it will forever remain an unanswered question.”

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