RSS hails SC suggestion to act as moderator in Babri Masjid case

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh welcomed the Supreme Court’s offer to be the moderator to settle the decades long Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

Published: 22nd March 2017 03:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd March 2017 03:58 AM   |  A+A-

Dattatreya Hosabale (R), RSS joint general secretary, during the press meet at Sri Amirtha Vishwa Vidyalayam in Coimbatore on Tuesday | Express

By Express News Service

COIMBATORE: THE Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s offer to be the moderator to settle the decades long Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

“RSS always supported an out-of-court settlement or legislation to solve the sensitive issue. RSS is not a party in the case. We will support any decision taken by the Dharma Sansad, which is involved in the case,” said Dattatreya Hosabale, RSS joint general secretary. He was interacting with media persons after the three-day meeting of its highest policy making body, the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, at the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham here.

He expressed hopes that saints and those representing various akhadas, who are part of the Dharma Sansad, would take a positive view of the court’s offer.

Reacting to the selection of Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh chief minister, he said, “It is the prerogative of the party that has come to power and its legislators. Public have also accepted him as CM. Had they not accepted him as CM, clashes would have occurred.”

About the outcome of the three-day meeting, he said, the thrust was on how to ensure free entry to temples, access to water resources and cremation grounds irrespective of caste to promote social harmony across the country.

“We have been conducting surveys in Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh to find out the extent of social inclusiveness. Establishing social harmony is the pre-condition to achieve the constitutional goal of equality, liberty and justice,” he said.

Hosabale said the RSS has grown in Tamil Nadu, especially in South Tamil Nadu, which was why the Pratinidhi Sabha was held in Coimbatore.

Responding to a question on the nationwide agitations the RSS organised against attacks on Sangh workers in Kerala, he said there were no plans to continue them.

On the alleged infiltration from Bangladesh, Hosbale said, “It is surprising that despite the large influx of Hindus displaced from Bangladesh to West Bengal, the Hindu population of West Bengal, which constituted 78.45 per cent in the year 1951 has declined to 70.54 per cent as per 2011 census.”

The Pratinidhi Sabha, he said, condemned the extremist violence and the Muslim appeasement policy of the Trinamool Congress government in Bengal.


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