Patna, Feb 13 (PTI) RSS leader Dattatreya Hosabale today asserted that Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat had neither compared Swayamsewaks with Indian army nor said anything about the armed force.

Hosabale defence of Bhagwat came in the backdrop of Sangh chief assertions on army triggering controversy.

“Though All India Akhil Bhartiya Prachaar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya has already issued a statement in this regard.

…What Mohan Bhagwat jee said was that it would take six months to prepare people from society as a military while swayamsewaks can be trained within three days due to their training and discipline that they practise everyday (at shakhas),”Hosabale who is RSS Joint general secretary said.

“There is no question of comparison with the army nor was said anything about the army,” Hosabale said while talking to reporters here on the sidelines of a function organised to release five separate books on the life and work of past five RSS chiefs right from K B Hedgewar to K S Sudarshan.

It may be noted that RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat had recently said that “Sangh will prepare military personnel within three days which the Army would do in 6-7 months. This is our capability. Swayamsewak will be ready to take on the front if the country faces such a situation and Constitution permits to do so).”

Bhagwat had said this on February 11 while addressing the workers at Zila school ground on the last day of his six-day visit of Muzaffarpur.

Bhagwat’s remarks had created a political furore with opposition parties especially Congress coming down heavily on the RSS chief’s statement terming it as an insult and disrespect to martyrs and army.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.