Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday credited his wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi for the change in dress code of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from khaki shorts to full pants.
In an interaction with media person in Patna, the RJD chief said: “We forced the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) members to wear trousers. Rabri Devi had pointed out their (RSS men’s) lack of decency. Elderly cadres shamelessly roamed around freely in half-pants.”
The right wing organisation, leaving its 90-year old trademark attire – khaki shorts, volunteers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Tuesday officially switched to full-length brown trousers as they settled for the Foundation Day celebration.
Heralding a generational change in the organisation, thousands of Swayamsevaks marched across the country on Vijay Dashmi in their new uniform – brown trousers, white shirt, black cap, and brown socks.
Taking a dig at the Mohan Bhagwat-led organisation, the former Bihar CM said it was his wife’s January remark “Aren’t the RSS oldies ashamed to wear half-pants in public?” that embarrassed the Hindu organistaion.
“Rabri Devi’s comment forced the change in RSS’ dress code,” Lalu added.
The RJD chief, also also tweeted that the RSS would similarly be forced to change its mindset.
“Right now, we have forced them to wear trousers… but their thinking also needs a transformation… we will force them to shun weapons and would not allow them to spread venom,” Lalu said in a tweet.
Rabri Devi had earlier faced criticism from several top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, including union ministers, for her comments.
On Tuesday, RSS’ communications department head Manmohan Vaidya said: “Even though the readiness of society to work with Sangh on different issues has increased, the change in uniform has been made to take care of the comfort level and convenience while working. The transition heralds the change in Sangh in tune with the changing times.”
Over 8 lakh trousers were distributed to RSS offices across the country, including 6 lakh stitched trousers and cloth for another 2 lakh trousers.