I did not expect it from Pranab da Says Ahmed Patel

Senior Congress MP and Gandhi family confident Ahmed Patel said late on Wednesday that it was not expected of Pranab Mukherjee to attend an RSS event in Nagpur, giving a glimpse into the party high command’s views on the former president’s visit to Nagpur.

Many Congress politicians have expressed their disappointment at Mukherjee’s decision. No Comments from Congress president Rahul Gandhi or his mother Sonia.

“I did not expect this from Pranab da!”, Patel tweeted.

Patel’s tweet has once again shown the discontent brewing in the Congress party over Pranab Mukherjee’s acceptance of the RSS invite to be the chief guest of its ‘Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg” (cadres training program).

Sharmistha, in her tweets, cautioned her father against his decision to address the RSS event on Thursday evening, saying he was giving the BJP and the Sangh a handle to plant false stories as his “speech will be forgotten” but the “visuals will remain”. She also warned her father of the consequences of attending such a meet.

“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,” she tweeted.

“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 added.

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said earlier that since Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the invitation, he should go and tell the RSS “what is wrong” in their ideology. Ramesh Chennithala, a senior Congress leader from Kerala, sent a letter to the former president, requesting him to refrain from attending the event. Chennithala, also a leader of the opposition in Kerala assembly, had said that Pranab Mukherjee’s decision had come as a “rude shock” to the secular minds of the country.