Pranab Mukherjee did not salute RSS-style

Right after former president Pranab Mukherjee attended the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) event at Nagpur yesterday, a morphed picture of him saluting RSS-style started circulating on social media. Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee took to Twitter and termed it as BJP’s dirty trick.

“See, this is exactly what I was fearing & warned my father about. Not even few hours have passed, but BJP/RSS dirty tricks dept is at work in full swing!” she tweeted.

Sharmistha Mukherjee was vehemently opposed to the former president visiting the RSS headquarters in Nagpur and had expressed her displeasure on Twitter.

Following the rumours of her joining the BJP, Sharmistha Mukherjee warned her father of the saffron party’s dirty tricks and said that by attending their event he was giving them a handle to plant false stories.

“Hope @CitiznMukherjee now realises from todays’ incident, how BJP dirty tricks dept operates. Even RSS wouldn’t believe that u r going 2 endorse its views in ur speech. But the speech will be forgotten, visuals will remain & those will be circulated with fake statements. [email protected] By going 2 Nagpur, u r giving BJP/RSS full handle 2 plant false stories, spread falls rumours as 2day & making it somewhat believable. And this is just d beginning!” she tweeted yesterday.

The former president was the chief guest at the closing ceremony of ‘Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg’, an RSS event to mark the conclusion of three years’ training camp. While delivering a speech on the occasion Mukherjee said, “We derive our strength from tolerance. We accept and respect our pluralism. We celebrate our diversity…”

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