TURNING HEAT on the Shivraj Singh Chouhan Government, the Congress said the role of the RSS in the 2002 Jammu & Kashmir Assembly polls exposed CM’s assertions about it being a cultural organisation.
The latest Congress salvo comes closely after its offensive against the State Government over lifting the ban on government employees’ participation in the RSS activities.
The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh had fielded candidates in the 2002 J&K assembly elections under the banner of the Jammu State Morcha.
The organisation decided to form the front at its Kurukshetra executive meet to protest against the NDA Government’s refusal to split the State into three parts as Jammu, Kashmir Valley and Ladakh.
In some assembly segments, RSS candidates had spoiled victory prospects of the BJP. Trifurcation of the State was the Jammu State Morcha’s main election plank. It drew blank though.
BJP national president Rajnath Singh was general secretary in charge of J&K at that time. He unsuccessfully tried to persuade the RSS to keep off the poll arena.
“The evidence clearly nails the BJP lie that the RSS is a cultural organisation. The election proved beyond doubt what we already know that the RSS is a religious-political outfit,” said Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi.
She said that the Congress would prepare one more memorandum for party president Sonia Gandhi mentioning the J& K elections. “We will also seek President APJ Kalam’s intervention for re-imposition of the ban on employees participation in the RSS activities,” she told the Hindustan Times. The Congress had submitted a memorandum to President Kalam and Sonia Gandhi in this regard last week.
Jamuna Devi reiterated that the BJP, in fact, is a political offshoot of the RSS from where the party gets its organising secretaries under a well-established constitution.
The Congress also cited a printout of an American website in its plea to Kalam and Sonia Gandhi that proclaims the RSS as a terrorist organisation.