When RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat met Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, chief imam of the All India Imam Organization, in Delhi on Thursday, the Congress said it was also in response to the party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra. It also said that if these 15 days had such an effect on him, he should join the Bharat Jodo Yatra with the tricolor in hand. “It’s only 15 days since the Bharat Jodo Yatra started and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson said ‘God Murdabad’, ministers took notice of the hate spread by the media and Bhagwat addressed Imams,” Pawan Khera tweeted.
“You will see what happens next,” the Congress leader tweeted. The meeting was part of RSS’s ongoing outreach to various communities and faiths. Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh invited Mohan Bhagwat to the Bharat Jodo Yatra and said he should go with Rahul Gandhi with the national flag in hand.
“We request Bhagwatji that if he is so impressed by the few days of the yatra, he should participate in the Bharat Jodo Yatra for an hour, walk with Rahul Gandhi holding the tricolor and raise the slogan ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ and unite India,” said Gourav Vallabh .
On Thursday, Mohan Bhagwat went to a mosque on Kasturba Gandhi Marg and then visited Madarsa Tajweedul Quran in Azadpur. It was the first time he had visited the madrasa. A Sangh functionary said that during his visit to the madrasa, he interacted with children reciting the Quran and raising slogans of “Vande Mataram” and “Jai Hind”. During his interaction, he explained to them that all religions must be respected.
All India Imam Organization chief Umer Ahmed Ilyasi described Mohan Bhagwat as a “rashtra pita”, which Bhagwat protested saying that there is only one father of the nation and said that everyone is “Bharat ki santan” (child of the nation). Earlier, Mohan Bhagwat met Muslim intellectuals including former Delhi Governor Najeeb Jung, former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi, former Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor Zameer Uddin Shah, former MP Shahid Siddiqui and also businessman Saeed Shervani. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that those who meet Mohan Bhagwat are elite Muslims and have nothing to do with ground reality.