Updated: January 14, 2017 8:31:55 pm
Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday insisted that his organisation is not “working against anyone” but only “working to unite the Hindu community and for its empowerment”, news agency ANI reported. Bhagwat was speaking at an RSS programme in Kolkata. His comments came in the backdrop of high-octane tension between the Bharatiya Janata Party and West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress.
“Can anyone stop us? No one can stop us. We have to work. We have and we will keep on doing it. Increase activism, it doesn’t increase from preaching,” he added in his message on Makar Sankranti.
In a subtle dig at the state administration, which had opposed the rally, Bhagwat said it is always fun to work and reach the target despite all odds and hurdles. “Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, the founder of RSS, despite all odds had formed this organisation for the unity of Hindus. Many people had opposed us and our work, but we are standing firm,” he said and asked the RSS cadres to increase their activities to strengthen the Hindu community.
“We all need to take a oath that to strengthen Bharat, the Hindu Samaj has to unite and spread the message of love. You should spend one-third of your time each day and one-third of your income in the development of the country. You should not stand outside, rather you have to be part of this developmental process,” Bhagwat said.
Earlier on Friday, the Calcutta High Court gave its nod to RSS to hold a rally at the Brigade Parade Ground. A day before, Kolkata Police had refused to give permission to the right-wing body to hold the rally. The RSS had on Wednesday said it would appeal against the police’s decision in the high court. The court had said that adequate police deployment should be made at the venue besides laying out other conditions.
(With inputs from IANS and PTI)
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