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Highest growth ever: RSS adds 5,000 new shakhas in last 12 months

At present, the RSS holds 56,859 shakhas at 36,867 locations, up from 51,332 shakhas at 33,223 locations in 2015.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 16, 2016 11:21 am
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The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Tuesday declared that it had registered its highest growth between March 2015 and 2016, ever since it was formed in 1925. At a press conference in the capital, Delhi Prant Sah Sanghchalak Alok Kumar said that the year saw 5,527 new shakhas come up at 3,644 new locations across the country.

The RSS takes stock of its shakhas at the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), held every March.

“The RSS has grown steadily since 2012. This was the year the RSS recorded the highest growth since 1925. We are pleased,” Kumar said.

As many as 10,143 shakhas were introduced at 5,161 new places in the country between 2012 and 2015.

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Despite the BJP suffering a defeat in the 2015 Delhi assembly elections, the RSS recorded its highest growth in the capital till date. “In 2015-16, shakhas increased from 1,780 to 1,898 in Delhi. This is the highest in any year,” said Kumar.

Kumar also used the occasion to spell out the RSS’s stand on the reservation policy.

Last year, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had advocated a review of the reservation policy, while General Secretary Bhaiyaji Joshi, during this year’s ABPS, underlined the need to end reservations for “affluent sections”. Kumar, however, said, “The RSS has always considered reservations necessary for SC, ST and OBCs. We have not given any suggestion for its change or dilution. This reservation must continue as it is.”

On the JNU controversy, he said the nexus between “ultra Left” and “jihadi” elements on the campus is a matter of concern, but it is “a matter of satisfaction” that the country has responded to it and the Centre has taken necessary steps to check it.

He also condemned AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi’s remark that he will not say ‘Bharat mata ki jai’. “This is a shameful and condemnable statement,” Kumar said.

On the RSS switching from knickers to trousers, he said the decision was made as the uniform had “become out of date”.

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  1. NitinB
    Mar 16, 2016 at 7:04 am
    Good. RSS is the only hope for Hindus against Chrislamists and Communists.
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      Dddf
      Mar 17, 2016 at 3:06 am
      Hindu by nature is secular.
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      1. Rajeev Shah
        Dec 27, 2017 at 9:57 pm
        yes in reality rss is the only true secular organisation of india, and they also have Sikh and muslim branches. all they want is united and better India.
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        MyTake
        Mar 16, 2016 at 6:58 am
        RSS should be talked into doing community service applicable to all irrespective of caste/religion and Govt. fund should be allocated to them to do that. It can be a strong arm of Govt. of dedicated volunteers to do significant amount of good work at minimum cost to the tax payers.
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        1. Rajeev Shah
          Dec 27, 2017 at 9:56 pm
          THEY ALREADY ARE DOING LOT OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AND THEY ARE ALWAYS THE FIRST TO HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY NATURAL CALAMITIES BE OF ANY RELIGION. WHAT PEOPLE DON'T KNOW IS THAT RSS ALSO HAS A MUSLIM BRANCH WHICH ALSO BELIVES IN THE SAME IDEOLOGY OF ONE INDIA. RSS NEVER SAID IT WANTED A HINDU INDIA. RSS IS THE ONLY TRUE SECULAR ORGANISTAION OF INDIA
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          Karthick
          Mar 17, 2016 at 6:21 am
          RSS...jai hind...
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            Vishnu Sharma
            Jul 16, 2016 at 5:59 am
            This is such a welcome development. We want the RSS to number 50 million in the next two years. The leftists need to be wiped out in a comprehensive manner from India.lt;br/gt;The new RSS educated Indian man needs to be groomed to take his place as a bold upright and productive citizen of India
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