A day after CPM politburo member Brinda Karat met Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung over allegations of communal tension brewing in Shriram Colony “because of RSS actions,” Delhi RSS chief Rajiv Tuli said Karat was “playing politics”.
Tuli said Karat had given a local dispute related to a park, a “communal colour”. “A leader of national repute is trying to flare up a small issue. Police is maintaining order and her intervention is not warranted,” Tuli said.
Karat met the L-G on Wednesday and claimed police were putting pressure on residents to enter into an agreement to allow a sakha on the day of Eid. Residents of the Muslim-dominated Shriram Colony alleged that the RSS organises morning sakhas at Rajiv Park and does not allow them to enter the park between 6 am and 7.30 am.
Residents fear “communal tension” due to RSS’ presence on the day of Eid.
Tuli, however, said the RSS had been conducting sakhas for the last 15 years and there was “no tension” prevailing in the area. He added, “We have been conducting sakhas since 2000. Earlier, this place had 85 per cent Hindu population, but now that the demography has changed, some people are creating problems unnecessarily.” He said the RSS workers were ready to vacate the park half-an-hour early on the day of Eid. “We are the aggrieved party here, and then too we are compromising. We are ready to accommodate Muslims on the day of Eid,” Tuli said.