RSS spews venom in Bhopal
Alarmed over the hoardings that could spark communal tension, 17 prominent personalities of Bhopal, including theatre personality Habib Tanvir, have submitted to the state government a memorandum asking that they be removed immediately.
Hoardings spewing vitriol against minorities have come up in the city as part of a drive to mobilise people for a march by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
(RSS), ideological mentor of Madhya Pradesh's ruling
The opposition Congress is also perturbed over messages of hate in the hoardings, ahead of the
march called 'path sanchalan' on Jan 23.
Said state party president Subhash Yadav: "A deliberate attempt has been made to disturb the peace of the city. This is a BJP-ruled state and the RSS is being
One of hoardings on the busy Link Road, for instance, asks provocatively: "Aap ke nati pote Hindu reh sakenge kya? (Will your grandchildren be able to remain Hindus?)".
Another refers to the tsunami, saying that disasters have struck the country whenever the feelings of Hindus have been hurt.
There are many who feel that the RSS
march, which will pass through several Muslim dominated areas, could create tension.
Messages in the hoardings state that the march past would pass through areas near the Central Library and Shah Jahani Park near the walled city dominated by Muslims.
The RSS, however, says they have done nothing wrong. "We have been reiterating that the Hindus should organise themselves and unite. This is not the first time that we have put hoardings with such messages," said Vilas
chief of Bhopal district.
Said Sanjay Shukla, the collector of Bhopal: "If somebody has any objection, he or she should file a complaint with the police. Action will be taken accordingly."
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