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Axe not fishy, says RSS

New Delhi, March 13: The RSS has rebutted reports on the reason behind the resignation of K.C. Kannan as joint general secretary of the Sangh.

It was reported, including by The Telegraph, that Kannan was stripped of his responsibilities and his position as a pracharak following a live-in relationship with a friend he eventually married.

“The news regarding Shri K.C. Kannan... appeared in a section of media attributing fishy and scandalous reasons for relieving him is totally unfounded and smacks of malicious intentions,” the RSS’s all-India publicity chief, Manmohan Vaidya, said in a statement.

Vaidya said Kannan was relieved of his responsibility because he was “not keeping good health and had to be hospitalised a couple of times last year”. Kannan, Vaidya added, conveyed to the RSS chief and the general secretary that he may be “permitted to take up his personal life”. His request was accordingly granted.

Vaidya alleged that “some vested interests” were “deliberately trying to tarnish the image of the RSS by spreading canards”.

Stating that the RSS strongly deplored such attempts, Vaidya said there were several examples of workers who served as whole-timers for long periods, after which they took to a “personal life of family and profession” but continued serving the RSS as a karyakarta (worker).