“RSS has taken strong objection to Shalli Kumar using the name and picture of its chief in unauthorized manner,” RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said on Nov. 20.
His comments came after it was brought to the notice of RSS that Chicago-based businessman Kumar had printed the name and pictures of Bhagwat as an invitee to ‘Bharat Divas’ held in Washington DC.
Madhav said the view of RSS has been strongly communicated to Kumar, who at the function claimed himself as an ardent supporter of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.
“And under his leadership we are going to see the golden age of India,” he said. While the RSS distanced itself from this supporter of Modi, the BJP sent a congratulatory message to Kumar for organizing the event at Capitol Hill.
“You are a hard working Republican and prominent American business leader. I have seen you working selflessly but with the aim of promoting Indo–American Friendship. We are thankful for meaningful dialogue initiated under your leadership between the Republican Party of America and BJP in India,” Vijay Jolly, global convener of the Overseas Friends of BJP, said in a message, which was read out on the occasion.
The meeting was also addressed by the BJP MP from Chitradurga in Karnataka, Janardhana Swamy.
Kumar is chair of the Indian American Advisory Council of the House Republican Conference, which is chaired by Congresswoman, Cathy Rodgers. It was Kumar who introduced Rodgers at the Republican Indian American Meet at the US Congress on Nov 26. The Foreign Policy magazine on its website reported that Rodgers has said that the flyer prepared by Kumar for the event was fraudulently drafted without the permission of Republicans.
“But correspondence between the congresswoman and Modi suggests the two politicians had a last-minute falling out after anti-genocide groups protested Modi’s participation,” the magazine said. (PTI)