BJP Muslim leader calls for live telecast of RSS chief speech

  • Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Oct 20, 2015 16:36 IST

Ishfaq-ur-Rehman Poswal, BJP leader from Jammu and Kashmir, has asked the union information and broadcasting ministry to allow Prasar Bharti for a live telecast of the speech by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Vijay Dashmi (Dussehra).

In a letter to Ravi Shankar Prasad, Information and Broadcasting minister, Poswal has written that in the prevailing times, when communal and extremist forces are hell bent in disrupting peace for their vested interests, Bhagwat’s speech on the occasion will act as a boost for peace lovers.

Poswal’s statement came a day after Kashmir observed bandh to protest against the death of 19-yr-old Zahid, who succumbed to his burn injuries, after having been attacked on October 9, by petrol bombs at Udhampur. Following which nine accused, charged with murder were arrested and were also booked under Public Safety Act.

Though the investigations by the police had ruled out the role of the BJP in the attack, but separatists and National Conference have been blaming the RSS and BJP for it.

Poswal, also the national executive member of the Schedule Tribe morcha of the BJP, said that live telecast of the speech by the RSS chief will be of great importance for Jammu and Kashmir as it will give a reply to communal forces and also terrorists.

“Vijay Dashmi marks the victory of good over evil. In present times, when communal and extremist forces disrupting peace, people need to be made aware of significance of this auspicious day which preaches peace and victory of truth,” read the letter written by Poswal to I&B minister.

Last year Doordarshan had for the first time telecasted the live speech by Bhagwat on Dusshera from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters at Nagpur. The opposition condemning the telecast had accused the RSS of using public broadcaster to propagate its Hindutva ideology.

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