Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad believes that a major reason for the RSS to leave its khaki shorts for brown trousers was due to his wife former chief minister Rabri Devi’s remarks about the shorts.
“Rabri Devi has forced Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh to change its dress code,” the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief said in a tweet. The RJD leader said that his wife had questioned the RSS’ dress code nearly two months ago, after which the RSS was embarrassed to such an extent that it decided to replace the shorts with trousers.
Her statement was then criticised by several top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, including some union ministers.
Last month, senior BJP leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi ridiculed Rabri Devi, saying “she is a woman with a mindset of the 19th century”.
The RSS had said that its members will now do away with the traditional khaki shorts and opt for a pair of trousers instead.
“We have taken the decision to change the dress code for Swayamsevaks. We have decided to replace the khaki shorts with brown pants,” RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi told the media in Nagaur in Rajasthan.
Taking a jibe at the RSS, Lalu said, “We will make the RSS wear shorts again after the 2019 elections… they have switched over to full pants since the BJP has come to power.”