New Delhi: Minutes after former President Pranab Mukherjee delivered his speech at the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) event in Nagpur on Thursday, morphed images of him giving an RSS-style salute started doing the rounds of the social media.
In the craftily edited photograph, Mukherjee is seen wearing a black colour cap similar to that worn by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and other RSS officials. The morphed photo also shows him raising his hand to his chest and giving a salute akin to the one given by RSS cadres.
In reality, Mukherjee neither wore a cap nor did he give any salute.
Responding to social media posts that have shared the photo, Mukherjee’s daughter and Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee reminded her father that she had cautioned him that the RSS will be resorting to things such as this.
Former President’s daughter and Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee said as she had feared and cautioned her father against, the “dirty tricks department” of the BJP-RSS was at work in full swing, after a morphed picture was circulated on social media showing the former president raising his hand in salutation like the RSS leaders and cadres.
Sharmistha Mukherjee was vehemently opposed to the former president visiting the RSS headquarters and took to Twitter on Thursday to express her disapproval of it.
“See, this is exactly what I was fearing and warned my father about. Not even few hours have passed, but BJP/RSS dirty tricks dept is at work in full swing!” she said, responding to a tweet showing a “morphed” picture of Pranab Mukherjee doing the salutation along with RSS leaders and cadres at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.
Sharmistha Mukherjee had said her father was giving the BJP and the Sangh a handle to plant false stories. “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.”
“@CitiznMukherjee 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 said on Twitter.
The former president’s official Twitter handle is @CitiznMukherjee.Her outburst came soon after rumours about her joining the BJP cropped up ahead of Mukherjee’s visit to Nagpur.
She dismissed such “rumours” of her joining the BJP as “false” and alleged they were the handiwork of BJP’s “dirty tricks department”. She said she would rather leave politics than quit the Congress.