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Democratic rights restored: BJP

india Updated: Sep 16, 2006 16:02 IST
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THE BJP on Friday defended the State government decision to lift the ban on its employees to participate in RSS activities saying that the government has only restored democratic rights of the people.

Party spokesman Umashankar Gupta said that the Congress never believed in democratic values and it had only encroached upon fundamental rights of government employees by imposing the ban on their participation in RSS activities. The BJP Government by lifting the ban has only restored this right.

Gupta further said that the Congress had always been in awe of RSS’ ideology of cultural nationalism. First Prime Minister of India Pt Jawaharlal Nehru had written to the then RSS Sarsanghchalak Guru Golwalkar in 1948 underlining his concern over ideology of cultural nationalism propagated by the RSS. Since then, successive Congress governments have sought to ‘crush’ the RSS rather than ideologically counter it.

Ban was imposed on the RSS and its activists were harassed. Many Government servants associated with the outfit were dismissed from service, he said.

Gupta said the courts have come to rescue of the RSS from time to time amidst efforts of the Congress governments to ‘crush’ it. Ban on the RSS was revoked on several occasions through decisions of Indore, Patna, Mumbai, Allahabad, Jodhpur, Banglore, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad High Courts between 1955 to 1970. Services of employees dismissed on charges of having links with the RSS were restored and all their dues had to be paid.

He said that the Congress had not spared any attempts to humiliate Guru Golwalkar as well. He was charged to have violated Constitution of India following his speech at Darbhanga and criminal proceedings initiated against him. Here again, Patna High Court had halted proceedings against Golwalkar describing it to be politically biased action, he said.