Rahul searching for 'women' in men's hockey, says RSS

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On October 9, during his address in Vadodara, the Congress vice-president had received flak by many BJP leaders after he had said "How many women are there in the RSS...."

Criticising Rahul Gandhi's remark, Sinha invited former's sister Priyanka Gandhi to attend a session and see for herself how women are treated in RSS.

The Sangh will discuss the state of the economy and issues like exodus of Rohingyas from Myanmar and violence by cow vigilantes at the three-day meeting which began on Thursday.

Days after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi raised question on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for discriminating women, a senior leader of the right-wing outfit clarified that because of vigorous exercise and a meeting at 6 AM, the RSS does not have women in its shakhas, as both are not suitable to women. "Equating the RSS and the Congress is like trying to play cricket and hockey simultaneously". By mentioning shorts, Rahul meant that since the uniform of the RSS was khaki shorts and everyone in the shakha wore that only, he could not see any women in the khaki uniform in RSS.

"How many women are in the RSS?" I have never seen any. Some also criticised that Rahul's comment was against the integrity of the women and he wanted to see them in shorts.

Further clarifying as to why there were no women in the RSS shakha, he said that they were the part of all other organisations of the Sangh. If you want to see women players, you have to go to a women's hockey match, Mr Vaidya, the RSS publicity department in-charge, responded.

On Rahul Gandhi's attempt to compare the presence of women in the Congress to the RSS, Mr Vaidya said the RSS could not be compared with any political party. "The Sangh Parivar has also brought remarkable changes in 450 villages", said Hosabale.He said the national executive will decided the three-year work plan of RSS, which will end in March 2018.