Advani praises ex-President Mukherjee for visiting RSS headquarters

New Delhi: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani on Friday described former President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s headquarters in Nagpur  as a “significant event in our country’s contemporary history”.

“Yesterday’s visit by Pranab Mukherjee, India’s former President, to the headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Nagpur, and his illuminating exposition of the noble idea and ideals of Indian nationalism, are a significant event in our country’s contemporary history,” the senior BJP leader said in a statement.

Stating that there was significant coherence and resonance in the views expressed both by the veteran Congress leader and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Advani said that the duo had truly set a praiseworthy example of dialogue transcending ideological affiliations and differences.

“Both of them highlighted the essential unity of India, which accepts and respects all diversities, including pluralism of faiths,” the BJP leader said in the statement.

Speaking on Mukherjee’s long-term association with the Congress, the veteran BJP leader said the former President had shown grace and goodwill by accepting the RSS invite.

“I have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing, and working closely with, Pranab Babu in and outside Parliament. His own reflective nature, combined with his long and varied experience in public life, have made him a statesman who strongly believes in the necessity of dialogue and cooperation among people of various ideological and political backgrounds,” Advani said.

He also expressed satisfaction over the efforts made by the RSS to reach out to various sections of the nation in the spirit of dialogue.

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