Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subramanian Swamy has opined on the sensational matter of former President of India Pranab Mukherjee, who was a life-long Congress politician before taking up the top post in the country, accepting an invite by the RSS to be chief guest at their June 7 event in Nagpur.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, Dr Swamy said that the former President accepting an invite by the RSS, which the Congress has ideologically opposed since the time of Jawaharlal Nehru, is a setback to Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Dr Swamy gave his background on the matter, saying that the party always ignored Pranab Mukherjee.
"There was always friction between Sonia Gandhi and Pranab Mukherjee", Dr Swamy said, adding that the Congress hasn't consulted Mukherjee after he retired as President of India, this despite his wealth of political experience and his ability to forge consensus across party lines.
"Pranab Mukherjee is concerned for the future of the country as well as that of the Congress,", Dr Swamy said, adding that he may feel the need for a swadeshi version of the Congress' views should be expressed. Over the invite being extended, Dr Swamy said that even Nehru had invited the RSS to a Republic Day parade even though he had banned it earlier.
On the silence of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, who are currently abroad, in the matter, Dr Swamy said that they are foreign-minded and "They don't care about India."
Pranab Mukherjee, who had held some of the most key portfolios under the UPA government and had even been tipped to be Prime Minister on multiple occasions, is scheduled to be in Nagpur on June 7 where he will address RSS cadre who are training to become full-time volunteers of pracharaks.
He will be the chief guest at the valedictory session of the 'Tritiya Varsh Varg' or the Third Year Course organised in the month of June by the Sangh leadership.
This isn't the first such interaction between Pranab Mukherjee and the RSS, which is the ideological parent of the ruling BJP. Earlier this year, Pranab Mukherjee had invited top Sangh leaders for the launch of the Pranab Mukherjee Foundation in New Delhi.
Mohan Bhagwat, who is the RSS chief, had also called on Mukherjee during the last days of his term as the President. Mukherjee had also invited Mohan Bhagwat for lunch at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.