RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said Mother Teresa helped people with the motive to convert them to Christianity, during a function at a shelter home in a Rajasthan village on Monday.
“Mother Teresa’s work had a hidden agenda... that the one served should become a Christian,” Bhagwat said in Hindi, referring to the Christian missionary who won a Nobel Peace Prize and a Bharat Ratna for her humanitarian work.
Mother Teresa passed away in Kolkata in September, 1997.
The chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh – the ideological parent of the Bharatiya Janata Party that rules in state and at the Centre -- was at Apna Ghar, a shelter for the abandoned. Apna Ghar doesn’t provide service to the destitute in the manner that Mother Teresa did, he said.
Many BJP leaders, including state BJP vice-president Bhajan Lal Sharma, MLA from Kaman Jagat Singh and former minister Digambar Singh were present at the function.
The sister in charge of Missionaries of Charity in Jaipur refused to react to the statement.
Bhagwat arrived in Bharatpur on February 19 for a four-day stay and has participated in several programmes.