‘Ban RSS’, demands K’taka Congress; BJP retaliates

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Karnataka Opposition leader Siddaramaiah

BENGALURU : After the central government imposed a five-year ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates, the Karnataka Congress on Wednesday demanded a ban on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) saying that it is involved in ‘anti-social activities’.

Talking to media, Opposition leader in Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah said that the Congress will not oppose ban on any organisations which are involved in anti-social activities. “RSS is involved in anti-social activities and this organisation should also be banned,” he demanded.

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“The RSS creates unrest in society. All organisations involved in hate politics must be banned, he opined. Why did they not ban PFI all these days. The ban has been imposed after we demanded it,” said Siddaramaiah.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai reacting to Siddaramaiah’s demand to ban RSS, stated, “Like the cat always eyes on mice, Siddaramaiah will be waiting for an opportunity to blame the RSS.

“Whatever may be the development, he will link it to the RSS. He can’t pursue politics if he doesn’t take the name of RSS. Is there any grounds to ban RSS?,” CM Bommai questioned.

“The RSS is a patriotic institution and it is imbibing a sense of patriotism in this country. It would be meaningless to demand for its ban,” he added.

Congress MLA Tanveer Sait dubbed the ban on the PFI as a political gimmick by the BJP. Reacting to this statement, CM Bommai stated that there was a murder attempt on Tanveer Sait. He had demanded action against the PFI. “Now, just for the sake of political gains, he has forgotten the murder attempt on him and now is saying it is politically motivated, what can be said?” CM Bommai said. — IANS

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