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Javadekar dares Centre to ban RSS

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: BJP national spokesperson Prakash Javadekar has dared the UPA government to ban the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which he described as the largest national school that instils patriotism in the youth.

Addressing a meet-the-press organised by the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club here on Thursday, Mr. Javadekar said the RSS was banned twice earlier and if the government wanted, “it could ban the RSS and face the music again.”

The UPA government had given freedom to separatist forces who organised a seminar close to the seat of power demanding sedition and dismemberment of the country and was trying to muffle patriots and spiritual leaders who demanded probity and transparency in public life, he said. Since there was no ban on the RSS, it was free to air its views on the midnight swoop on Baba Ramdev and his followers who were on a fast against corruption on the Ram Lila Maidan in New Delhi.

Condemning the attack on the Baba and his supporters, Mr. Javadekar demanded a Supreme Court-monitored high-level inquiry into the police action against Baba Ramdev. “It was an act of political vendetta and an exhibition of arrogance of power. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should apologise for violating the fundamental right of the citizens to peacefully protest against the policies and actions of the government,” he said.

The BJP has made the demand on the basis of Union Minister Kapil Sibal's statement that the police action was on the basis of the directions of Ms. Gandhi and Dr. Singh.

By attacking Baba and his supporters, the UPA government and the Congress were trying to frustrate the attempts to expose corruption and black money stashed in foreign banks.

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