The news of more than 20,000 RSS workers participating in relief activities in earthquake-ravaged Kathmandu, doing the rounds on social media, is false and an image used is that of RSS volunteers during the Gujarat temblor of 2001.
BJP national executive member ShainaNC tweeted on Sunday: “20000 RSS swayamsevaks goin to Nepal to assist in rescue-relief operations media won’t report this @RSSorg @RSS_Org ”
The post was retweeted more than 400 times and went viral. A few hours later, she tweeted about being proud of associated with the RSS, considering how 20,000 of its volunteers were helping people in Nepal.
Social media users shared the tweets hailing the good work done by the organization considered the ideological mentor of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
But things changed when the RSS tweeted that reports of large numbers of its volunteers working in Nepal were false. It accused the media of reporting wrong facts.
“Media is reporting inflated figures of RSS Swayamsevaks reaching Nepal for rescue work,” the RSS tweeted from its official handle.