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RSS chief’s reservation remarks trigger protest from opposition

RSS says it supports reservation, it’s a needless controversy

, ET Bureau|
Aug 20, 2019, 08.09 AM IST
Mohan Bhagwat
NEW DELHI: Opposition parties on Monday took exception to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement that there should be a conversation in harmonious atmosphere between those who are in favour of reservation and those against it, saying it was an attempt to create conflict in society.

“This has become a habit with the BJP and its ideological masters – the RSS – to keep raking up issues and creating conflict in the society about issues on which opinions are sharply divided, issues that can divert the attention of the voter of the people from the day-to-day problems that they are facing under this government,” Congress leader Pawan Khera said.

Bhagwat had made the comments on Sunday while speaking at the concluding session of Gyan Utsav, a program organised by the RSS on competitive examinations.

“RSS is creating a dangerous suspicion by saying that there should be open discussion on reservation for SC/ST/OBC,” BSP leader Mayawati wrote on Twitter. “Reservation is a constitutional arrangement and any tempering with that is unfair and unjust. RSS should better denounce its anti-reservation mindset.”

RJD MP Manoj Jha called it an attempt by the RSS to move towards denying social justice to a large section of people.

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