Former President to be there for RSS
Pranab Mukherjee, former Indian President, will attend RSS's valedictory event on June 7 in Nagpur. His willingness to attend the important annual event of the Hindu Nationalist organization has raised a debate about his alleged pro-BJP leanings.
Pranab was a loyal Congressman and a respected UPA Minister before Sonia Gandhi decided that he should hold the country's highest constitutional office. Before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he surprised many by saying that people should vote for a stable government. It was seen as an indirect appeal to vote for the BJP, the strongest contender.
After he demitted President's office recently, Pranab lauded Narendra Modi as someone who has a unique sense when it comes to solving problems.
Many see Pranab's good relations with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as problematic. However, RSS itself sees it in another way. "The former Pres' acceptance to attend the RSS event sends a message to the country that, on vital issues, there should be dialogue and adversaries are not enemies," Rakesh Sinha of RSS recently said.