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Ex-RSS chief wants to offer namaz, sends MP govt into a tizzy

Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief KS Sudershan sent the Madhya Pradesh government and the police into a tizzy on Monday when he expressed a wish to offer prayers at a mosque here on the occasion of Eid — something no RSS leader has ever done.

bhopal Updated: Aug 21, 2012 00:18 IST
HT Correspondent

Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief KS Sudershan sent the Madhya Pradesh government and the police into a tizzy on Monday when he expressed a wish to offer prayers at a mosque here on the occasion of Eid — something no RSS leader has ever done.

Sudershan, 81, accompanied by assistant Brijkant and some security personnel, left the RSS office Samidha (also his residence post-retirement), to greet Muslims on Monday morning. But the security officers panicked when he said he would go to Tajul Masjid to offer namaz.

Additional DGP Vijay Yadav rang up urban administration minister Babulal Gaur to convey the veteran's wish. Gaur, who was greeting Muslims on Eid at Tajul Masjid, rushed to Sudershan and tried to convince him to give up the idea as prayer time was over. Gaur said he could instead meet some Muslim leaders and exchange Eid greetings.

Vijay Yadav told HT: "He wanted to go to the mosque to offer prayers. But by the time he was about a kilometre from the mosque, he was too late. As there were a large number of people offering prayers it was difficult for us to make way for his motorcade."

A senior RSS office-bearer said Sudershan ventured out of the organisation’s office only to greet Muslims on an invitation of a local community leader.

In the first week of August, Sudershan had gone missing for almost six hours in Mysore, where he lost his way on a morning walk.