Bhopal: Union minister Uma Bharti claimed Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had sought RSS assistance when Pakistan attacked Jammu and Kashmir soon after independence and Sangh volunteers had gone there to help.
Her claim comes amid the controversy over RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s reported remarks on the Army. While speaking to reporters here, Bharti refused to make a direct comment on Bhagwat’s remarks. However, she said soon after independence, Maharaja Hari Singh, the ruler of the princely state of Kashmir, was not signing the accession treaty of Jammu and Kashmir and Sheikh Abdullah was pressing him to sign.
“Nehru was in a dilemma. Then Pakistan suddenly attacked and its soldiers advanced upto Udhampur,” she said. The Army did not have “hi-tech equipment” to reach there immediately as the attack was unexpected, the Union minister said. “At that time, Nehru-Ji wrote a letter to Guru Golwalkar (then RSS chief M S Golwalkar) seeking RSS volunteers’ help. RSS volunteers went to Jammu and Kashmir to help,” Bharti claimed.