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After receiving flak, RSS distances itself from Muslim Rashtriya Manch Iftar Parties
Thursday June 30, 2016 6:32 PM, Agencies

Nagpur: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Thursday rubbished rumours of conducting Iftar party and dubbed them to be'factually incorrect'.

"Media reports on RSS conducting Iftar party are factually incorrect. RSS is not organising any such party," the RSS said in a tweet.

RSS response came after it received flak from various circles including Shiv Sena for organising the Ramzan Iftar parties.

"This is very surprising because the RSS has always spoken about the formation of a Hindu nation and such Iftar parties when they are organised by Congress or other parties, they have always condemned it and now it is the RSS who is organising such parties," Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande told ANI here.

The RSS however said the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), which is organising the Iftar party, is an independent Muslim organisation that aims at creating national awareness.

"RSS shares views of MRM on national issues & supports national awareness programs of MRM as any national cause. Indreshji, senior RSS functionary, keeps contact with MRM. He doesn't hold formal position in MRM," the RSS said in a series of tweets.

As per reports, the MRM has invited the ambassadors of several countries in the iftar party scheduled on July 2. As per a statement released by the MRM, the organisation has so far organised Iftar parties at 964 places in India.

Meanwhile, the MRM has decided not to invite Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit to its iftar party post his "insensitive" remarks on the Pampore attack in which eight CRPF jawans were martyred.

The MRM was formed in 2002 at the RSS' initiative to bridge the divide between Hindus and Muslims and bring the two communities together.

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