Sri Preston Kulkarni has been questioned about the #RSS. 1st by @MuqtedarKhan; 2nd by @GhaniShariq. Both responses boil down to: "I have no connection to RSS."

Yet no one has asked why he says his campaign "literally could not have happened" w/out support by RSS's #2 man in USA.
I have reached out to @SriPKulkarni repeatedly over weeks to request an interview. He has not responded.
My questions for Sri Preston Kulkarni include:

What did you mean when you said that your campaign “literally could not have happened” without @hssusa Vice-President Ramesh Bhutada's support?
You have described Ramesh Bhutada as having become "like a father to me" on your campaign? What do you mean by that? Do you continue to hold Bhutada as a father-figure?
Within days of your nomination on 22 May 2018, you attended a 2 June 2018 HSS event at which both Bhutada (in his capacity as HSS vice-president) and Ved Nanda (in his capacity as HSS-North America president) were speakers. What was the purpose of your presence at the event?
When you launched your second campaign, Ramesh Bhutada spoke from the stage and was reported as having a “strong emotional bond” with you. To what degree is he involved in your current campaign for Congress?
Congressman Khanna has stated: "It’s the duty of every American politician of Hindu faith to stand for pluralism, reject Hindutva, and speak for equal rights for Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist & Christians.” Will also issue an unequivocal public denunciation of Hindutva?
Does @GhaniShariq's failure to ask pointed questions about Sri Preston Kulkarni's links to RSS — specifically, how he says his campaign "literally could not have happened" w/out @hssusa VP Bhutada's backing — have anything to do w/Ghani sitting on a committee w/Bhutada's son?

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News comes from @ashoswai, who reports it's circulating in internal #OFBJP WhatsApp groups & @ofbjp_usa is desperate to suppress the news. No surprise they want to keep it quiet considering Indian-American #BJP backers were backbone for Modi's election.…
In 2019, @ofbjp_usa President Krishna Reddy Anugula, estimated the group had a loose network of up to 300,000 Indian-Americans. In 2014, it had boasted 18 chapters in 13 states, approx 4,000 members, an elected National Executive Committee of 10, & a 40-person National Council.
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In interview by @MuqtedarKhan, Sri Preston Kulkarni answers a softball question about his connections to #RSS by saying: "I have no connection to RSS or any foreign organizations or foreign ideologies."

Dr. Khan, ask why Kulkarni called RSS's #2 in US as "like a father to me."
Why does Sri Preston Kulkarni refuse interview with me? Is it because he knew @MuqtedarKhan interview would be falsely advertised as clearing up most controversial allegations, but actually only include single soft-ball question in 25 minute interview & zero follow-up questions?
@MuqtedarKhan throws hard-hitting questions at Sri Preston Kulkarni like "what is your favorite Indian food."

Is that how you vet a candidate? What's next? "Mr. Kulkarni, as voters go to the polls, let me ask you about an issue of great concern. How much do you like ice cream?
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"Ultimately, it matters to me that Prime Minister Modi can help India be more peaceful, prosperous, stable, and secular." — @PadmaKuppaMI41, August 2014

Anyone want to guess who some of Padma Kuppa's biggest campaign donors are?
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The #RSS also has a subsidiary for Muslims. How do I explain that contradiction — even though they are overtly anti-Muslim?

Discussing Muslim Rashtriya Manch in wide-ranging conversation w/@Cavach_EU_IN about India's fascist movement.

Full part 1 here:
"We're seeing this growing crackdown on democracy around the world under these right-wing regimes. One of the primary differences in India is that India's crackdown is led by this 95-year-old paramilitary. It's one of the largest, most overtly fascist organizations in the world."
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As Sri Preston Kulkarni's #RSS ties continue coming to light, here's pic of 3 of his donors (Ramesh Shah, Arun Mundra, Gitesh Desai) w/BJP Foreign Affairs Cell head @vijai63 at an event supporting #Modi re-election. The 3 have collectively donated about $3200.

Here's a better pic showing @vijai63 (left) & Arun Mundra (right), w/pics of #RSS founder Hedgewar & RSS 2nd chief Golwalkar (who praised Nazi racial policy) on left/right on mantle behind Mundra's head.

Here's a 28 February 2018 meet & greet hosted for Sri Preston Kulkarni by Arun Mundra.

That's before Kulkarni won the Democratic primary in March 2018 but after HSS VP Ramesh Bhutada launched #RSS support for Kulkarni's campaign.

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