Following reports that the state government is planning to ban it, Sanatan Sanstha claimed the government couldn’t destroy it and has threatened to launch a peaceful agitation if at all this proposal is implemented.
The Panvel-based Sanstha held a press conference in Vashi on Friday to clear its stand that it has not been associated with any terror activity.
The spokesperson of the Sanstha, Abhay Vartak, said, “We have learnt through the newspapers that the state government has initiated the process to ban Sanatan Sanstha, an organisation that is involved in upholding national pride and propagating spiritual aspects of our religion. We are amused as we have committed no wrong.”
Refuting media reports about nine cases being filed against the organisation, Vartak said, “Not a single case has been filed against the Sanstha. Our name does not figure in any of the bomb blasts.”
Reacting strongly to Nationalist Congress Party MLC Jitendra Awhad’s allegations, Vartak said, “He has over the years made several unsubstantiated allegations but has never been able to prove them. He had even alleged that we had links with ISI, which was very shameful. When we asked him about it, he said he had to make such an allegation despite knowing that this is not a fact.”
Vartak called the proposed ban a political conspiracy to divert public attention. He said the government was raking this issue since it knew it could not hide its failures for long. “The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party have realised how inept they are when it comes to handling corruption issues. To hide its shortcomings, the government is misusing its power by creating a terrible image of the Sanstha.” The Sanstha spokesperson instead asked the government to take action against corrupt officials rather than the Sanstha, which concentrates on the spiritual aspects, for society’s welfare.
About their line of action after the government’s proposed ban, Vartak said, “The organisation’s members will meet and plan the future course of action.”