UPA promoting politics of separatism: RSS chief
Accusing the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of promoting "politics of separatism", Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said the decision to carve out Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh was an example.india Updated: Jan 03, 2010 23:13 IST
Accusing the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of promoting "politics of separatism", Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said the decision to carve out Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh was an example.
"The government has taken the decision (of creating Telangana state) under pressure and it reflects the politics of separatism," Bhagwat said at an RSS function held at the Sangam Parade ground in Allahabad.
"Political parties of the country should rise above regional politics and work together for the development of the country... A number of parties are raking up issues related to castes and languages for politics," he added.
Bhagwat also accused the central government of "lack of military preparedness" despite China's aggressive posturing and despite Beijing "befriending Nepal, Pakistan and trying to make inroads into Arunachal Pradesh".
The RSS chief alleged that the central government was not serious about combating terrorism. "Due to the leniency adopted by the government, terror activities are taking place in different parts of the country."
He said when RSS criticises infiltration from Bangladesh and Pakistan to India, people call the RSS "communal", but when Pakistan and Bangladesh drive away minority Hindus, nobody speaks on the matter.
Bhagwat clarified that the RSS should not be deemed as a political party, but an organisation that worked for promoting moral values in the country.