Your speech will be forgotten, images will remain, Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter warns him ahead of RSS event

Former president Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter and Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee on Wednesday disapproved of his decision to addresses a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) event in Nagpur. She tweeted saying that 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”.

Sharmistha’s outburst came soon after rumours about her joining the BJP cropped up ahead of Pranab Mukherjee’s speech in Nagpur on Thursday. She dismissed such “rumours” of her joining the BJP as “false” and alleged they were the handiwork of BJP’s “dirty tricks department”. Sharmistha said she would rather leave politics than quit the Congress.

She also warned her father of the consequences of attending such a meet.

“By going to Nagpur, you are giving BJP/RSS full handle to plant false stories, spread falls rumours as today and making it somewhat believable. And this is just the beginning!,” she said.

Pranab would be visiting the RSS headquarters tomorrow and would address a function there. The visit has already given rise to a lot of speculation and a host of Congress leaders have urged the former president to review his decision for the sake of secularism.