What prompted the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to change its trademark khaki half-pant to brown trousers?
While the RSS think tank may attribute it to the need to ‘move with the times’, former Bihar chief minister and RJD leader Rabri Devi feels it is because of her.
Talking to mediapersons while moving out of the state legislature on Monday, she said it happened because of her ‘stinging comments’ on the RSS uniform.
“I had made a strong observation of elderly RSS workers shamelessly wearing half pants in front of all. It is what must have prompted them to go in for change and wear brown trousers,” she said. Rabri Devi, wife of RJD president Lalu Prasad, is presently the member of Bihar legislative council. She, however, welcomed the decision.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad did not waste time in crediting his wife for the all important RSS decision through a prompt tweet. “Her logical and aggressive remark forced RSS to change dress in just two months,” he tweeted.
Rabri Devi had made her remark on the RSS dress code at a function in Patna, organised to celebrate the unanimous reelection of Lalu Prasad as RJD president.
“What kind of an organisation is the RSS? Even elderly workers wear half pant at public places and still don’t feel ashamed,” she had said.
BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi had trashed Rabri Devi’s criticism and dubbed her a woman of 19th century. “She perhaps is not aware that shorts are a craze and it is not confined to the youth only. People can be spotted in shorts even in market places,” he added.