Union Minister Smriti Irani, who was in Rahul's parliamentary constituency Amethi along with BJP chief Amit Shah to address a public gathering, had termed his remark as indecent and sexist. RSS leaders said sevika samiti functions as a separate entity, but its ideological identity upholds the same values as the sangh and places a lot of emphasis on matrutva, netrutva, kartrutva (motherhood, social leadership, professional excellence). "Right from the beginning, the Sangh has been working among males only", he said, adding that there are supporters among women and the Sangh appreciated it.
Mr Vaidya, who is the "Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh" (all India publicity chief) of the RSS, also said BJP general secretary (organisation) Ramlal had arrived in Bhopal to attend the meeting.
To the speech, Senior RSS leader Manmohan Vaidya stated that Rahul Gandhi was asking a wrong question to people and also comparing apples to oranges. the main problem in Mr. Gandhi's speechwriters is they don't understand the Sangh. While RSS leaders admit that there are still no female office-bearers in the organisation, they add the number of women participating in the pratinidhi sabha of RSS - the highest decision-making body - has been steadily increasing. I have never seen.
The RSS on Thursday said it works with men only in shakhas and shakha work among women is conducted by its women wing Rashtriya Sevika Samiti.
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Mr. Gandhi also quoted in a different manner that "How many women are in the RSS?" In the RSS you will never see women.
Trying to do that is like to trying to hold a competition between two sides, one playing cricket and the other side, hockey.
Vaidya said that Sangh had decided way back that it will work in the midst of men, and it has all the rights to decide this.
RSS refutes media reports suggesting entry of women in shakha.