Threatening to take up the issue with Center, the ruling Trinamol Congress (TMC) in West Bengal held protests over Director General of Border Security Force attending Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliate conference, said a media report.
According to the report published in The Indian Express, BSF DG KK Sharma attended conference organized by RSS affiliate-Seemanta Chetana Mancha.
"What is the serving BSF DG, KK Sharma, doing in uniform at the 'RSS-backed NGO's function in Kolkata'? Will take the issue to the Home Minister," TMC MP Derek O Brien was quoted in the report..
"DG BSF attended our programme and spoke on border issues for an hour. What is wrong in that? We are an NGO and not a political party. We have always served the country and worked in border areas. It is the duty of the BSF to liaison with organizations working for border development," Jagannath Senapati, the NGO's (Bengal) organizing secretary was quoted in the report as having said.
"The presentation from BSF entailed the role and task of BSF in the field of border management, the challenges thereof and the welfare activities undertaken by the force for the border population. It was emphasized that border management cannot be done without active participation of the border population. The exercise was to showcase BSF as a people-friendly force and it was exhorted that people living on the border areas are the eyes and ears of the force to face the multi dimensional challenges of border management," the report mentioned BSF statement.