Violence unacceptable to Sangh: RSS leader ahead of Bhagwat speech

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 22, 2015 01:43 IST
A file photo of the RSS’ general secretary Suresh, better known by his alias Bhaiyyaji Joshi. Joshi has said that violence is unacceptable to the Sangh, on the eve of its formationd ay. (PTI Photo)

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said on Wednesday violence was not acceptable to the organisation as he spoke about the Dadri lynching incident a day before RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech in Nagpur.

He, however, said the “real reasons” behind the recent outbreak of violent protests across the country should be exposed. Joshi termed the recent incidents of violence in the country as “unfortunate”.

“We don’t support any type of violence. The way of violence is not acceptable to us. There is a need to expose the real reasons behind the violence,” Joshi told reporters on Wednesday, when asked about the Dadri lynching incident where a Muslim man was killed by a mob over rumours he ate beef.

He refused to comment when asked whether the Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacted late on the issue. “I can’t say anything on this. Only he can comment on it,” Joshi said.

Joshi also described the Shiv Sena’s recent protests against Pakistani artists as being purely political. “There are political reasons behind it,” he said.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Bhagwat will address the people on Vijaya Dashami from Nagpur on Thursday morning, which will be aired on all Doordarshan channels.

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The Congress has dubbed Bhagwat’s address as “His Master’s Voice” and “absolutely unconstitutional”.

“Even though Narendra Modi is the prime minister, the actual remote control is in the hands of his master sitting in Nagpur. I am not surprised by the fact that Mohan Bhagwat’s views will be broadcast on Doordarshan. After all, he is the actual master. Hence, his (Modi’s) master’s voice will be broadcast on Doordarshan on Vijaya Dashami,” Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.

Joshi, meanwhile, echoed Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s view that the Shiv Sena’s agitation had tarnished the state’s name, but dismissed suggestions that the issue had created a rift between the two Hindutva outfits.

“Not only BJP and Shiv Sena but all the political parties should come together in opposing Pakistan,” he said.

Earlier, delivering a lecture in memory of senior RSS pracharak Shrikant Joshi, he said India by nature cannot do injustice to anyone or exploit anyone.

“If there are any incidents of injustice or exploitation, the individuals should be blamed, not Bharat,” he said.

Joshi also praised the Modi government over its foreign policy.

“We never attacked a weak neighbour. The small countries are looking at India with hope. The present leadership has assured the world that we will be with them,” he said.

With inputs from PTI, IANS

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