RSS against Mufti Sayeed’s decision to free Alam

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Mumbai: The RSS on Friday joined the chorus against Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s controversial decision to release hard-line separatist Masarat Alam.

However, it has maintained that it will not dictate terms to the BJP on the functioning of the PDP-BJP Government in Jammu and Kashmir.

The RSS made its stand clear on the first day of a meeting of its supreme decision taking body — Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS)– in Nagpur on Friday. The three-day meeting, attended by over 1,400 delegates, including BJP chief Amit Shah, will conclude tomorrow.

“Our stand on Article 370 remains unchanged. We have not changed our policy regarding the issues in J&K. The Sangh has expressed concerns over the controversial decisions taken by the BJP-PDP Government there,” RSS sahsarkaryawah (joint general secretary) Dattatrey Hosbale said.

He, however, insisted that only the BJP can understand and analyse whether the experiment of the alliance government was a political success or failure.

“The alliance government in J&K is a step to bring normalcy. The government has been formed on the basis of ‘Agenda for Alliance’ but not the ‘Common Minimum Programme’. We should give some time to the government,” Hosbale said.

The RSS stand assumes significance in the wake of growing calls for the BJP to snap its ties with the PDP over Alam’s release.

Hosbale made it clear that there was no reason for the Sangh to be disappointed with

Narendra Modi-led BJP-NDA Government. “The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh have expressed some views on the Land Acquisition Bill. The Bill is not against the farmers’ interests. There is a need to discuss it with proper coordination. The decision whether or not Sangh is satisfied with the government will be known after five years,” Hosbale said.

Toeing RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s line that everyone in India is culturally a Hindu, Hosbale said that they did not consider anyone as minority. “There should be no concept of minority in the country because there is no minority. Mohanji (Bhagwat) has said it 20 times that all those born in India are Hindus. Whether they accept it or not, they are culturally, nationally and DNA-wise the same.” He clarified that the RSS was not involved in Ghar Wapsi (reconversion). “My best wishes to those who are doing it. We are going to discuss the issue at the meeting,” Hosbale said.

Earlier in the day, Bhagwat inaugurated the ABPS meeting. The RSS will celebrate the birth centenary of its third chief Madhukar, who is known for his work towards eradication of untouchability.

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