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A morphed picture of former President Pranab Mukherjee saluting in RSS-style annoys daughter; calls it BJP's dirty trick

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 8 June 2018, 14:00 IST

A day after former President Pranab Mukherjee's speech at RSS grand event a morphed picture of him is making rounds on the social media. A picture shows Mukherjee, raising his hand in RSS leaders and cadres style of salutation was being viral on the internet. The picture annoyed Mukherjee's daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee and she calls it RSS and BJP dirty tricks.

Ms Mukherjee took Twitter to attack the BJP and RSS, showing the morphed picture of Mukherjee, she tweeted,”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!”

It is to be noted that Sharmistha had opposed Mukherjee's decision attending the RSS headquarters and took Twitter to repress her disagreement over it. “Hope @CitiznMukherjee now realises from today's’ incident, how BJP dirty tricks dept operates. Even RSS wouldn’t believe that you are going to endorse its views in your speech. But the speech will be forgotten, visuals will remain and those will be circulated with fake statements,” she had tweeted, before Pranab Mukherjee’s Nagpur visit.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sharmistha Mukherjee had said her father was giving the BJP and the Sangha handle to plant false stories.

While addressing RSS cadres at headquarters, Mr Mukherjee said, “We accept and respect our pluralism and celebrate our diversity. Our national identity has emerged after a long drawn process of confluence and assimilation, the multiple cultures and faiths make us special and tolerant. The nation is defined as a large group of people sharing the same language, heritage. Nationalism is defined as identifying oneself with one’s own nation. Patriotism is defined as devotion to one’s own country. We derive our strength from tolerance. We respect our pluralism. We celebrate our diversity.”

Furthermore, he asserted, ”Intolerance will only dilute our national identity. Any attempt to define our nation through religion, dogma or intolerance will only fade our existence.”

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First published: 8 June 2018, 14:00 IST