Dattatreya Hosabale, RSS joint general secretary
By Jatin Takkar
RESERVATION is required because there is social and economic disparity in society, and should continue till its beneficiaries feel it is needed, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh said here on Monday. RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale added that the organisation strongly feels that temples, cremation grounds and water reservoirs should be open for all and not restricted to any specific caste. “There is social and economic disparity in our society and therefore reservation is required...We totally support the reservation as mandated by the Constitution,” he said at a press conference on the last day of the Sangh’s three-day co-ordination meeting here. Asked whether the RSS feels reservation should not continue indefinitely, Hosabale said it is for the beneficiaries of the system to decide.“Reservation should continue till its beneficiaries feel it is required,” he said, clearing his organisation’s stance on quotas.
A Dalit organisation, he said, had written to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat applauding the Sangh’s stand on ending discrimination in society. The RSS strongly feels and has been working towards the belief that temples, cremation grounds and water reservoirs should be open for all, he said. Reservationwasnotontheagenda of the Sangh’s co-ordination meeting and was not discussed. Over 200 delegates of 35 RSS affiliates attended the co-ordination meeting, the first after the Lok Sabha elections. BJP Working President J P Nadda and General Secretary B L Santhosh also attended the meeting. Bhagwat recently suggested dialogue in a harmonious atmosphere between those who avail reservation benefits and those who don’t.
SOME ERRORS IN NRC’S FINAL LIST, GOVT SHOULD MOVE FORWARD AFTER REMOVING THOSE, SAYS RSS:THE RSS on Monday said there are “some errors” in the final list of the National Register of Citizens in Assam and the Government should remove thosebeforemovingforward,butasserted that the exercise is a welcome step. Concerns were raised on the first day of the RSS’ annual co-ordination meeting on Saturday over several genuine citizens being left out of the finallist of NRC inAssam,majority of whom they claimed are Hindus, sources said. BJP’s general secretary Ram Madhav, who is also the party’s in charge for all the seven north-eastern states, has briefedthemeetingabouttheNRC exercise carried out in Assam and its final list.
Addressing a press conference here on the final day of the Sangh’s co-ordination meeting, RSS’ joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale described NRC as a “complicated and complex issue”asnamesof many Bangladesh iillegal immigrants are in the voters list. “There are about 35 to 40 lakh illegal immigrants from Bangladeshis who are now settled in Assam, and had been issuedlegaldocumentsduringprevious Governments, which have complicated and made the entire issue more complex,” he said, adding that the NRC was discussed in the meeting.
Suggesting that before moving forward the Government should rectify the NRClist,the RSS leader said,“NRC’s final list is not a law...There are some errors and mistakes in it. Government should move forward by removing those.” However, he applauded the state BJP Government for carrying out NRC exercise, saying they have to complete this task in a stipulated time after coming into power. According to the sources present in the meeting, the NRC issue was discussed at length and concerns were raised on several genuine citizens being left out,especially those whose ttled in Assam from the neighbouring states. The leaders also expressed concerns claiming that majority of the 1.9 million people excluded are Hindus, they said.
The BJP has criticised the updated NRC list and said the Government will bring ina legislation to safe guard Indian citizens if the Foreigners Tribunals deliver adverse judgements against the appeals. The final list of the NRC in Assam, published on August 31, left out over 1.9 million people. More than 200 delegates of 35 RSS affiliates attended the co-ordination meeting,the first such after the Lok Sabha election. BJP Working President JP Nadda, general secretary (organisation) BLSanthosh were among those present.