Muzaffarpur: Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat today said the organization has the ability to prepare an “army” to fight for the country within three days if such a situation arises.

The RSS chief said this while addressing the workers at Zila school ground on the last day of his six-day visit of Muzaffarpur.

“Sangh will prepare military personnel within three days which the Army would do in 6-7 months. This is our capability. Swayamsewak will be ready to take on the front if the country faces such a situation and Constitution permits to do so),” Bhagwat said.

Sangh is neither a military nor a paramilitary organisation, rather it is like a “parivarik sangathan” (family organisation) where discipline is practised like the Army, he said adding that workers are always happily ready to make supreme sacrifice for their country.

Bhagwat exhorted the RSS workers to set an example of good conduct in their personal, family and social life.

Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today accused RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat of “disrespecting” the Army and those who have laid down their lives for the country.

Gandhi slammed Bhagwat over his remarks that the RSS could “prepare” military personnel faster than the Army.

The RSS chief’s speech was an “insult” to every Indian, the Congress president said and demanded an apology from the RSS.

“The RSS Chief’s speech is an insult to every Indian because it disrespects those who have died for our nation. It is an insult to our flag because it insults every soldier who ever saluted it. Shame on you Mr Bhagwat, for disrespecting our martyrs and our Army. #ApologiseRSS,” he tweeted.

The RSS has, however, clarified that its chief’s speech has been misrepresented. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (“National Volunteer Organisation” or “National Patriotic Organisation”), is an Indian right-wing, Hindu nationalist, the volunteer organisation that is widely regarded as the parent organisation of the ruling party of India, the BJP. The RSS is one of the principal organizations of the Sangh Parivar group.

Founded on 27 September 1925, it claimed a commitment to selfless service to India.The organisation is the world’s largest voluntary missionary organization.

The initial impetus was to provide character training through Hindu discipline and to unite the Hindu community to form a Hindu Rashtra (Hindu nation). The organisation promotes the ideals of upholding Indian culture and the values of a civil society and propagates the ideology of Hindutva, to “strengthen” the majority Hindu community. Gradually, RSS grew into a prominent Hindu nationalist umbrella organisation, spawning several affiliated organisations that established numerous schools, charities, and clubs to spread its ideological beliefs.

PTI