Faced with strong criticism of his purported remarks seeking a review of the country’s reservation policy, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said reservation is not an issue for the Sangh Parivar which supports the development of all sections of society.
Speaking at a meeting of the Akhil Bharatiya Valmiki Mahasabha, an organisation allied to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Bhagwat said the Sangh favours the development of all Hindus and supports all efforts to end disparity and untouchability within the community.
During the event on Saturday evening, he made it clear that reservation is not an issue for the Sangh.
Earlier, in his annual Vijay Dashami speech at Nagpur, Bhagwat had credited Dalit icon Babashaeb Ambedkar for building the Constitution in order to remove social and economic inequalities among the weaker sections of society, who are in sizable numbers.
Bhagwat had faced considerable criticism after he purportedly called for a review of the country’s reservation system during an interview with the RSS mouthpiece Organiser. He contended that reservations had been used as a political tool and suggested that a “non-political” committee should be set up to decide “which categories require reservation and for how long”.
In another function held in Nagpur, Bhagwat claimed the people of Kenya drink the blood of cows to survive but don’t kill the animals or eat their flesh. He said people in Kenya drink the blood of cows in certain situations such as a famine.
They insert a tube of bamboo in the jugular vein of cows and suck blood, he said. According to the RSS chief, the people of Kenya also ensure that the cow does not die while the blood is being sucked.
The statement by Bhagwat came against the backdrop of a controversy over the lynching of a Muslim man at Bisada village in Uttar Pradesh over rumours that he had slaughtered a cow and eaten beef.