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On the RSS switching from knickers to trousers, he said the decision was made as the uniform had “become out of date”.