Karnataka: Reporters not in uniform denied entry to RSS event in Kalaburagi

Three reporters who went to cover a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) event, attended by its chief Mohan Bhagwat in Kalaburagi on Thursday, were denied entry for not wearing Ganvesh – the Sangh uniform, Times of India reported.

On Thursday, two journalists and a photographer went in casual wear to cover the sangh’s annual Sankranti Utsava in Kalaburagi but were stopped by RSS workers at the entrance.

A heated argument ensued between the three media persons and RSS workers who insisted that those covering the event should also be dressed accordingly.

Members of RSS wear a black cap, white full-sleeved shirt, brown trousers, canvas belt, brown socks, and black shoes.

One of the journalists told TOI, “How can they expect a journalist to wear a particular uniform?”

Later, Krishna Joshi, RSS Uttara Pranth Baudhik Pramukh, clarified to the daily newspaper that no official invite was sent out to the media but local workers told journalists that they could cover the event if they could come in uniform.

“Our workers who did not come in the RSS uniform too were sent back. Reporters who had come in the uniform were allowed to cover the event,” Joshi said.

Joshi added that at an earlier event for which the Sangh had invited media, uniform was not mandatory.

Kalaburagi pracharak, Vijay Mahatesh told TOI that he had informed all journalists covering the Sankranti Utsav to come in the mandated uniform.

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