Opposition boycotts Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao's address over RSS links

During a program at Nagpur, earlier this month, Rao had described the RSS as one of the most secular and inclusive organisations.

Published: 26th February 2019 08:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th February 2019 08:41 AM   |  A+A-

Ch Vidyasagar Rao

By Express News Service

MUMBAI: Opposition parties boycotted Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao's joint address to the Maharashtra legislature on Monday, blaming him for flaunting his RSS links.

During a program at Nagpur, earlier this month, Rao had described the RSS as one of the most secular and inclusive organisations and said it had always respected the right of individuals to practice their own faith. The opposition expressed displeasure over the remarks and also staged demonstrations while shouting slogans against the RSS.

The leader of opposition in legislative council Dhananjay Munde said, “The government has made pompous claims in the Governor’s speech over the last four years and even in the budget. While populist schemes are announced, implementation is ignored. Both these things coupled with the Governor’s sudden love for the RSS left us with no scope but to boycott his address wholesale. We doubt whether it is the governor's address or that of an RSS person.”

On Sunday, opposition parties had boycotted the customary tea party hosted by CM Fadnavis demanding that the state government should not announce any “populist”, or policy decisions, during the six-day session.

‘RSS secular, inclusive’
During a program at Nagpur, Rao had described the RSS as one of the most secular and inclusive organisations and said it had always respected the right of individuals to practice their faith

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