The RSS has asked its cadres to stay calm after the Supreme Court passes a verdict in the Ayodhya case. Many programmes of RSS and its affiliates which were scheduled between November 10 and 20 have either been cancelled or postponed and leaders have been asked to remain at their headquarters.
The verdict in the case is expected before Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi retires on November 17.
According to sources, at the annual Diwali meeting of the Sangh at Bhubaneshwar, several RSS leaders addressed coordination meetings at the regional level and asked swayamsevaks to remain calm irrespective of the Supreme Court’s verdict because “miscreants” may “exploit” the situation to “discredit” the organisation.
The cadres have also been asked to maintain restraint and caution while posting on social media platforms after the judgment. Leaders of RSS units in districts near Ayodhya have already held meetings to convey this to swayamsewaks.
Among the programmes of RSS affiliates that have been cancelled is the Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh’s national officebearers’ meeting which was scheduled in Hardwar from November 15 to 17. Vidya Bharti has postponed by 10 days its All India Science Fair in Kanpur, which was to begin on November 20.
A source in Vidya Bharti said, “Prior to the national fair, science fairs were to be held at state level starting November 10. We have postponed all of them.”
An RSS meeting scheduled in Varanasi from November 9 to 10 where RSS sah-sarkaryavah V Bhagaiah was the main guest has also been cancelled.
On October 23, RSS sah-sarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale addressed a coordination meeting of top functionaries of the Sangh’s eastern UP unit in Lucknow. A source who attended the meeting told The Indian Express, “Datta ji told us to be calm on social media as well. Whether the judgment is in our favour or not, we should accept it and then decide on the next strategy. But if there is disturbance in the society after the judgment, it will go against us and our governments in the state and the Centre.”
Cadres, it is learnt, have also been told that they must not hold any celebrations if the judgment is “favourable”.
A senior pracharak who addressed some coordination meetings in the districts surrounding Ayodhya told The Indian Express, “I told them that in case we win, we must not be over-enthusiastic and if we lose, we must remain calm.”
Another senior pracharak of RSS in Bihar said, “We are also convincing sants that the only thing we may do if the judgment is favourable is bhajan and Ramcharitmanas path at our temples. Nothing else.”
The RSS issued a statement on Wednesday, stating that “everyone should accept” the Supreme Court verdict with an “open mind”.