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Changing with times: RSS replaces khaki shorts with brown trousers on Vijayadashmi

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) formally replaced the Khaki shorts in its uniform with brown trousers on the occasion of Vijayadashmi. (Photo: Suyash Sethiya)


Ending a 90-year-old tradition, the right-wing organisation, RSS, replaced khaki shorts with brown trousers in its uniform.  On the occasion of Vijayadashmi celebration today at its headquarters in Reshimbagh, Nagpur, the RSS swayamsevaks sported brown trousers instead of the knee-length khaki shorts. The trademark khaki shorts had been a part of RSS’ uniform since the organisations formation in 1925 on the day of Vijayadashmi in Nagpur by Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, the founding Sarsanghachalak of the RSS.

The change in uniform came after a decision in RSSs Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha in Rajasthans Nagaur on March 13, earlier this year. The members of RSS will now on be wearing white shirts, brown trousers, black cap and brown socks as the uniform. RSS members in the northern and the eastern parts of India will also be now wearing a brown sweater during winters.

Ending a 90-year-old tradition, the right-wing organization RSS replaced Khaki shorts with brown trousers on Vijayadashmi at its headquarters in Nagpur.
Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis and Cabinet Minister, Nitin Gadkari were also present at the Vijayadashmi celebrations by RSS. (Photo by: Suyash Sethiya)

The Vijayadashmi celebration by RSS today at the Reshimbagh ground, Nagpur, was attended by thousands of members who wore brown trousers instead of the regular khaki shorts. Fellow Nagpurians and RSS members – the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis and Cabinet Minister Nitin Gadkari – were also present at the celebration and abided by the new uniform code. Chartered Accountant and Nagpur Mahanagar RSS Sanghachalak, Rajesh Loya was seen sharing the dais with RSS Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat, whose hour-long speech was heard by everybody in rapt attention. Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, devotional singer Anuradha Paudwal and several well-known businessmen of the city were also present on the occasion.

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Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal issues disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs

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Narhari Zirwal – the Deputy Speaker in Maharashtra Assembly – on Saturday (June 25) issued disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs.

Narhari Zirwal, Deputy Speaker, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

Narhari Zirwal – the Deputy Speaker in Maharashtra Assembly – on Saturday (June 25) issued disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs.

The MLAs, who are being led by Eknath Shinde, are currently staying at Guwahati in Assam. These MLAs are supposed to file their written replies by 5:30 pm on Monday (June 27).  If the MLAs are disqualified, Shinde will lose his legislator’s post and that, crucially, will see his revolt fail.

The Shiv Sena had moved the original notice against 12 rebel MLAs, including Shinde, late Thursday evening and added another four names on Friday.

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As Maharashtra political crisis intensifies, police impose section 144 in Mumbai

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The Mumbai Police on June 25 imposed Section 144 in Mumbai, which disallows the gathering of five or more persons.

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The Mumbai Police on June 25 imposed Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in the city, which disallows the gathering of five or more persons. The prohibitory orders will remain in force till July 10.

Owing to escalating tensions between Maharashtra’s ruling coalition partner Shiv Sena and its internal rebel group, earlier in the day, the police in neighbouring Thane district, which is a bastion of Shiv Sena’s rebel leader Eknath Shinde, imposed Section 144. The order in Thane will remain in force till June 30.

Also read: Eknath Shinde-led rebel group to call itself ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’

Yesterday Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s key aide and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut issued a warning to the rebel MLAs, suggesting that they would have to face the fury of party workers after returning to Mumbai.

He said: “Outside Maharashtra, you are eagles. But the people’s patience is wearing thin. Right now, Shiv Sainiks have not come out on the streets. If they do, the streets will be on fire.”

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Eknath Shinde-led rebel group to call itself ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’

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The rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde, who are camping in Guwahati, on Saturday (June 25) named their group as ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb.’

Eknath Shinde

Even as Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena is seeking disqualification of its rebel MLAs from the assembly, the rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde on Saturday (June 25) named their group as ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb.’

Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Keserkar said: “Our group will be called Shiv Sena Balasaheb. We will not merge with any party.” Kesarkar has also hinted at a possible alliance with the BJP. “We have only two options remaining in Maharashtra; to go with either the NCP-Congress or the BJP, otherwise the government cannot be formed. However, the question of allying with the BJP will be decided by Eknath Shinde. Whatever decision he takes, we will support it.”

Meanwhile Maharashtra Congress leader Ashok Chavan said: “Until it gets legal authorisation from the speaker, such type of groups will not be authorized.”

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