Kottayam: It was good to see CPM leaders, including Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, defending the Indian Army even though their aim was to defame the RSS, BJP Kerala unit president Kummanam Rajasekharan said on Monday.
Kummanam, who rose to the BJP top brass from being an RSS volunteer, said political cunningness was behind carving a controversy out of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remark on the strength of the Hindutva organization.
Kummanam reiterated the RSS's statement that Bhagwat's remarks were being misrepresented.
An RSS statement on Monday said Bhagwat told a gathering in Muzaffarpur on Sunday that in case of a war, the Indian Army would take six months to prepare society whereas RSS volunteers can be trained in three days because "Swayamsevaks practise discipline regularly. “This was no way a comparison between the Indian Army and the Sangh swayamsevaks but it was a comparison between society and swayamsevaks. Both are to be trained by the Indian Army only," the statement said.
Reiterating the statement, Kummanam said, "Making use of the opportunity, Pinarayi and other CPM leaders have started defending the army. I'm glad to see them doing so even though their aim is to oppose the RSS," Kummanam said in a Facebook post. He taunted CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan asking if he still remembers his statement that army men rape women whenever they get a chance.
He said the CPM should learn from history the services offered by the RSS during all the four wars that the country had to fight. "CPM leaders are aware of the fact that it was none but (the first PM) Jawaharlal Nehru who entrusted the RSS with the task of controlling traffic and maintaining law and order situation in New Delhi during the Indo-China war. But they conveniently forget it," he said.
He said the CPM need not teach the RSS lessons in patriotism.
Earlier in the day, Pinarayi said the RSS chief's remarks were an insult to the army and they amounted to sedition. Congress also slammed the RSS chief.