New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s visit to a mosque and madrasa were not a deviation from the outfit’s line, its senior leader Indresh Kumar said on Friday.
Kumar slammed the Congress for saying Bhagwat’s meeting with All India Imam Organisation chief Umer Ahmed Ilyasi was due to the “impact” of the party’s “Bharat Jodo Yatra”.
The Congress has misunderstood the Sangh’s line and it should “repent” for it, Kumar, a national executive member of the RSS, told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised to mark the 104th Haifa Victory Day at the Teen Murti Chowk here.
Bhagwat on Thursday had met All India Imam Organisation chief Umer Ahmed Ilyasi and visited a madrasa run by the organisation in the national capital.
It was not for the first time that the RSS chief met the imam but it was his first visit to a madrasa, which came against the backdrop of growing clamour to monitor the functioning of the Islamic religious schools.
While the RSS said the meeting was part of its outreach to the Muslim community, the imam, who later called Bhagwat a “Rashtrapita” (father of the nation) and “Rashtrarishi” (national sage), said he had sent a “personal invite to Bhagwat”.