Former Union Minister and Senior Congress Leader, Prof. Saifuddin Soz on Saturday said that RSS is playing a dangerous sectarian game in Jammu.In a statement issued to KNS, Soz said, “My more than three decades in Delhi, in and out of Parliament, watching political scene closely and also participating in it, have yielded sufficient experience to me to understand the format of political nuances.”He said that “Now, I can imagine in my hindsight that both Atal Behari Bajpai and L.K. Advani, the BJP Stalwarts, wanted to contribute to building India into a vibrant ‘Nation State’. It was a close association and comraderie between the two. Then, both wanted to work with the opposition in a democratic way, inspite of political differences.”He said that while he heard them in Parliament and outside it, he could imagine that both leaders manoeuvred to stay two steps away from the RSS, subtely, although in public, they would always express that they drew inspiration from it (the RSS)!
“In PM Modi’s dispensation, Modi (not necessarily the BJP as a unified situation) and the RSS want to maintain the ‘Similarity in Steps’. This stance has already produced strain and stress on thepolitical surface, which is not a good message for ‘India’s Nationhood’!”He said that “The RSS cannot, under any circumstances, change its mentality!”He said that the Chenab Valley in Jammu has organized a Bandh today (15th October, 2016) that has been described for the press as a reaction to RSS’s communal activities in the Jammu region. “This does notaugur well for political health of the State,” he said.“I would like to earnestly urge the Mainstream Parties in J&K - the NC, the Pradesh Congress, PDP, CPM, CPI, DNP, and PDF to respond to the RSS’s nefarious parochial and sectarian activities in Jammu and keep, in particular, India’s vast segment of Civil Society fully informed,” he added. (KNS)