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RSS three-day meet likely to discuss Rohingya issue, economy, cow vigilantism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The state of economy, exodus of Rohingyas from Myanmar and violence by cow vigilantes are some of the issues likely to be discussed at a three-day meeting of the RSS beginning in Bhopal from Thursday. The annual ‘Diwali Baithak’ of the Sangh’s Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal (ABKM) will also review the activities undertaken by the outfit in the last six months, RSS functionaries said. “For the first time, no resolution will be passed at the meet. Henceforth, resolutions will be passed at the RSS executive meeting of March,” Sangh spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya told reporters here. Vaidya, who is the ‘Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh’ (all India publicity chief) of the RSS, also said BJP general secretary (organisation) Ramlal had arrived here to attend the meeting.The conclave will discuss matters such as the economic slowdown, exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, violence by self-styled cow vigilantes and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, RSS leaders said.The ABKM is one of the highest policy formulation and decision-making bodies of the RSS. RSS Madhya Bharat Prant publicity head Deepak Sharma said nearly 300 delegates from across the country were expected to take part in the meet which will take place at Shishu Mandir School in the Sharda Vihar area.The Nagpur-headquartered organisation holds its executive meeting twice a year in March and October, Sharma said, adding that Bhopal is hosting the meeting after a decade. The meeting will also review the Sangh’s work over the past six months, another RSS functionary said. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who is here for last one week, will attend the meeting.

Delhi stares at another crisis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>East Delhi is staring at yet another sanitation crisis, with over 16,000 workers threatening to go on an indefinite strike from October 11, over non-payment of pending salaries and arrears.”Hundreds of sanitation workers attached to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) will stop lifting garbage and cleaning the streets from October 11, as they want three months’ salary and pending arrears, besides regularisation of staffers,” said Mukesh Vaidya, President of the All Municipal Corporation Sanitation Supervisors’ Union.He further said: “We are fed up with the excuses given by the EDMC officials every month. It has been three months and we have not received salary. We don’t know how to run our homes.””Those who were made permanent in 2003 and 2004 have not received their arrears yet. Also, half of the workers have not got their last year’s Diwali bonus. How unfair is that?” he rued.The strike will be supported by the employees’ unions represented by sanitation workers as well as Class IV and III employees.Sanitation workers of EDMC have gone on two such strikes — in October, 2015, and January, 2016. At those times, extremely unhygienic conditions prevailed in the area due to a huge amount of undisposed filth on the streets. Angry protesters also dumped garbage at busy crossings, leading to traffic jams. The strike was resolved after the Delhi High Court intervened and directed the municipal authorities to ensure lifting of garbage.

Part of city for years, Hebatpur cries for AMC’s attention

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The people of Hebatpur were offered a dream when their village was incorporated in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) limits a few years ago. However, the reality is a tragic tale where muddy roads and peeled-off surfaces have reduced all hopes to ashes.Shivangi Vaidya, whose child studies at the Euro school in the villages, had sought the high court’s intervension through a public interest litigation (PIL) petitioner, reminding AMC to provide the basic services.After Vaidya alleged that the roads leading to her village and the beyond the railway crossing are in poor state, first division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice Vipul Pancholi issued notice to the civic body.According to the petitioner’s advocate, Mukesh Vaidhya, the roads leading to the Euro school is unpaved and needs immediate attention of the civic body to avoid accidents. The children and the parents face a lot of trouble while dropping their kids to the school, the plea alleged.The villagers, who are also facing the same plight, are unable to take up the issue, the petition said, adding that it is the AMC’s primary duty to provide basic services. The petitioner has pleaded the court that it direct the civic body to immediately repair the roads of the village.CIVIC WOESAlthough Hebatpur was added to AMC limits a few years ago, residents are denied of basic amenities like good roads.
The petitioner has pleaded the court to ask the civic body to immediately repair the linking roads to the village.

RSS does not support violence: Vaidya on cow vigilantism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Calling for an end to politicisation of incidents of cow vigilantism, the RSS today said it does not support any kind of violence linked to cow protection and demanded action against those found guilty. “Instead of connecting it (violence in the name of cow protection) with RSS, action should be taken against them and those who are found guilty should be punished. Law should take its own course,” RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya told reporters here today. Vaidya, who was replying to questions on incidents of lynching and violence linked to cow protection, said “Sangh does not support any kind of violence. We have said it earlier and made it clear earlier too”. “‘Gau Raksha’ is a different issue. The movement of Gau Raksha has been going on for hundreds of years. These incidents have been happening for years together. It is not that it has happened for the first time,” he said. RSS leader said that the media is trying to connect it with a kind of ideology and opposition is trying to politicise the issue. “It is wrong. RSS has never supported the violence. Doing politics over it and demeaning a part of society, it is not good,” he said. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) three-day conclave here ended today, the first such meet in Jammu and Kashmir since independence, during which issues related to the situation in the state, country and various other topics were discussed. The Akhil Bhartiya Pracharak conference from July 18-20, was held following the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims and in the backdrop of the worsening security situation and increasing militancy in Kashmir. As many as 195 pracharaks (preachers), heads of all allied organisations of RSS and top leaders took part in the conference, in which its chief Mohan Bhagwat, senior leaders Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Dattatreya Hosabale and Krishna Gopal also participated. The conference debated various issues of the country, party and society and also the situation in Kashmir, besides organisational matters and programmes in the state. Replying to another question about Congress’s design at one time during its rule, to indict RSS in terrorism and tried to force NIA to interrogate Bhagwat, Vaidya said “it was wrong to politicise the issue and involve RSS”. “Identity of this country is Hindutava, which is not against any other religion. We believe in the philosophy of well being of everyone,” he added. He said “it was wrong for that government to give it a political turn. By giving it such a turn, it would be mean disaster for the country. They later got exposed”. In reply to a question about election of NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind as the country’s 14th president, he said as all lawmakers have chosen him as president so it should be respected. “It is a welcome step. He has been a BJP activist and governor. It was a decision of the party,” he said. He said the situation in Bengal, which was debated in the conference, is serious and Hindus live in fear there. “They are targeted with violence and violence is going on there. The government is sitting silent,” he said. “In the March conference, RSS passed a resolution condemning it. But the situation has not improved there,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vaidya not being shocked over Amarnath terror attack is tragic

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue M.G. Vaidya today said that he wasn’t shocked over the Amarnath terror attack, Jammu and Kashmir activist Sushil Pandit said that it?s the biggest tragedy if the situation does not apall him. ?If Hindus in India were not secure and it?s not a matter of shock for Vaidya, then it itself is the biggest tragedy. Such statements are not good,? he told ANI. Earlier in the day, Vaidya said that he was “not shocked over the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims.” “In the valley, with around four to five lakh people, where Kashmiri Pandits cannot live, there the life of a Hindu is not secure as well,” Vaidya said. Meanwhile, the mortal remains of the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, who lost their lives in the attack, were brought to Surat, Gujarat. Seven people lost their lives and 15 others were injured yesterday when a group of terrorists attacked a bus in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag. The incident occurred at around 8.20 p.m. yesterday between Baltal and Mir Bazar. Reportedly, the bus was neither a part of a convoy nor registered with the shrine board. The 90th and 40th battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed at the spot to prevent further untoward incidents. People all across the country are condemning the incident, with some even staging protests against Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee have also strongly condemned the incident. J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti summoned an emergency meeting of her cabinet to review the security situation across the state. Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) Muneer Khan has said that the attack on Amaranth Yatra pilgrims was carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condemned the attack in the strongest terms. The Delhi Police has also issued a high security across the national capital on Tuesday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ayurveda specialist appointed spl secy in Ayush ministry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ayurveda physician ‘Vaidya’ Rajesh Kotecha has been appointed as special secretary in Ayush Ministry. Usually a senior bureaucrat is appointed to such a post. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Kotecha’s appointment for three years on a contract basis, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said. Vaidya (meaning physician) Kotecha is chief consultant of Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic, Jaipur. The appointment is in line with the Centre’s efforts to bring in specialists from the private sector in the government. Last year too, former IAS officer and well known sanitation specialist Parameswaran Iyer was appointed Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Iyer, who had taken voluntary retirement from Indian Administrative Service, was appointed on contract basis for a period two years. He had worked as Senior Rural Water Sanitation Specialist at the United Nations between April 1998 and February 2006. Iyer is known as leading water and sanitation specialist worldwide. The mandate of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is to provide technical and financial assistance to the states for accelerating rural sanitation coverage, among others.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Road work to be completed only next year, locals to bear the brunt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Monsoon is one season that highlights the civic body’s preparedness and most of the time paints a grim picture. This year, too, residents may have to be ready for the worst as resurfacing and desilting of nullahs has been lying incomplete in several parts of western suburbs.One such area happens to be Goregaon. The roads here have been dug up since quite a few weeks for various civic works and an immediate completion is nowhere in sight.Along General AK Vaidya Marg in Goregaon (east), opposite Oberoi mall, construction of a culvert box is underway. As per the order, the repair work is likely to completed only by March next year.During monsoon, further construction of the culvert is likely to be brought to a halt. Thus, leaving the culvert construction midway may lead to a major traffic snarl during the monsoon. The construction site also lies along the junction of Western Express Highway, one of the busiest junctions in Goregaon east.According to reports, contracts of few roads in Goregaon were granted to civic contractors who were reportedly implicated in a scam. Residents of the area continue to witness poor quality of roads and long stretches have been left incomplete. Roadside drains on the Goregaon Station road leading to Aarey are also underway. However, civic officials assured that the work will be completed before the monsoon arrives in the city.However, residents have sought answers to the lackadaisical efforts made by the civic body. Suresh Poojary, a resident of the area said, “Drain repair work had begun sometime back and suddenly stopped in between. Now, they have again restarted it. They could have completed it in time, leaving no scope for water logging.”Metro work along the WEH may further add to traffic congestion. According to BMC, around 78 per cent nullahs have been desilted. A senior official added that desilting will be finished by this month end.

After break-up with girlfriend, man commits suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old man allegedly committed suicide in Jagatpuri after his girlfriend broke-up with him, police said today. The man, in a purported suicide note he left before hanging himself, blamed the girl and her family for taking the extreme step. Karan Singh Vaidya came in contact with the woman on Facebook around a couple of years ago, police said, adding they got into a relationship and the woman promised to marry him once she finishes her graduation. Vaidya’s parents decided to get them married and thought of meeting the woman’s parents. However, the woman began avoiding him after that, they said. Police said the woman’s uncle called Vaidya yesterday to Karkardooma where he allegedly threatened him. Vaidya returned home and allegedly hanged himself, they said, adding his family members were not there at that time. Police said they are probing the matter. Vaidya was associated with the family’s jewellery business.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CPI(M) spearheading murder politics in Kerala: RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RSS today held the CPI(M) responsible for the murder of its worker in Kerala and accused the ruling party of “spearheading murder politics” to annihilate its political opponents in the state. Condemning the brutal killing of its worker, the Sangh said that the spate of murders of swayamsevaks in Kerala under the CPI(M) rule affirms the state government’s conspicuous role in political killings. “Murder politics is being spearheaded by CPI(M) leadership to annihilate their political opponents, especially RSS from their strongholds,” Akhil Bhartiya Prachar Pramukh of RSS, Manmohan Vaidya said in a statement. With the gruesome murder of Biju, once again, the ruling CPI(M) has reiterated that the party is reluctant to put down arms in Kannur and support the peace initiatives, he added. Vaidya demanded police to take immediate action to bring all the accused, including the conspirators, to book and ensure a peaceful atmosphere in Kannur. He asked all peace lovers in the country to protest against the continuing onslaught on basic human rights of RSS workers and other nationalist organisations in Kerala. An RSS worker, Biju was hacked to death allegedly by suspected CPI(M) activists at Payyanur town yesterday, prompting the BJP to demand imposition of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Kannur district. The killing is the first incident of political violence since “peace talks” in January between the leaders of the ruling CPI(M) in Kerala and the BJP-RSS in Kannur.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt. should introduce law to ban cow slaughter RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Monday said that the government should introduce a law to ban cow slaughter in the country. ?In North East India there is a tradition of killing cows which should be banned. Government must introduce a law where cow slaughter should be made illegal. Just with one person objecting this issue will not do others need to come up and take a stand,? RSS leader M.G. Vaidya told ANI. Further taking a jibe at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Prashant Bhushan, Vaidya stated that if they think that the RSS is opposing the whole nation then they are making the organisation supreme. ?If they think that opposing RSS is opposing the whole nation then they are making RSS supreme themselves. AAP are criticizing RSS but in a way they are going against the nation then that should be punished. All that Prashant Bhushan has said must have been a joke and we should not take it seriously,? said Vaidya. After coming to power in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath-led government has ordered the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and strict enforcement of the ban on cow smuggling to fulfil a key electoral promise. Meat sellers across Uttar Pradesh are on an indefinite strike from Monday against the crackdown on illegal and mechanized slaughterhouses. Moreover, BJP-ruled Gujarat has passed a stringent law making cow slaughter punishable with a life-term sentence. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has also said that cow killers would be hanged.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGO banned: India trashes US claim, RSS terms reports of back-channel negotiations false

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS termed as “false” reports of back channel negotiations regarding Compassion International and said no meeting between its representative and the US-based NGO ever happened. It also insisted that it has no representative in any foreign country including the US while condemning the attempt to malign the image of the Sangh. “The news published regarding Compassion International’s so called ‘back channel negotiations with RSS representative in Washington DC’ is unfair and totally false,” Manmohan Vaidya, RSS All India Prachar Pramukh, said in a statement.”RSS works only in Bharat (India) and has no representative in any foreign country including USA. We condemn such an attempt to malign the image of RSS,” he said.When contacted, Vaidya said that no meeting has ever taken place between the two organisations. Indian authorities had put CI under prior permission category in May last year following allegations of funding religious conversions, barring it from receiving foreign funds without the government’s approval.In December, the Home Ministry had said it was unlikely to reconsider the decision, notwithstanding the appeals by American authorities.India rejected the US’ contention of lack of transparency in banning Compassion International, insisting the matter was of “law enforcement”, a euphemism for the US-based Christian NGO allegedly having violated Indian laws. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay also trashed suggestions in the US media about RSS’ involvement in getting the NGO banned, saying it was “completely extraneous” to the matter.”Any NGO, foreign or Indian, is to operate in India or for that matter anywhere else in the world within the laws of the country. The process has been very transparent. We have been fully transparent in this regard, including in our conversations with the concerned on the prevalent situation.”There have been meetings of senior government officials and representatives of the NGO concerned. And we had made our position very clear to them and to all those who have spoken to us about it,” Baglay said.Baglay was asked to comment on the US State Department’s acting spokesman Mark Toner’s remarks that over the past couple of years a number of foreign-funded NGOs in India have encountered “significant challenges” in continuing their operations.”And we believe it s imperative that all parties work transparently and cooperatively in a way that, obviously, respects India s laws but also encourages a transparent process, and these are views that we ve made clear to the Indian Government,” Toner had said during his regular briefing in Washington while commenting on CI closing its operations in India.Baglay also asserted that there is a well established legal framework for NGOs for conducting their operations in India, which has one of the largest network of NGOs in the world.Asked about reports in the US media about the RSS’ role in the banning of CI, he said, “The alleged suggestion is totally extraneous to the law enforcement action concerning the above-mentioned organisations.”Indian authorities had put CI under prior permission category in May last year following allegations of funding religious conversions, barring it from receiving foreign funds without the government’s approval.In December, the Home Ministry had said it was unlikely to reconsider the decision, notwithstanding the appeals by American authorities.

‘Unapologetic’ Chandrawat accepts RSS’ decision, says he did his duty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following his removal from performing responsibilities of the organisation, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Kundan Chandrawat on Friday said he accepted the decision, adding that he fulfilled his duty of a patriot. ?There is absolute truth in this matter. I had made that statement keeping in mind the number of murders taking place in Kerala. The murders of the organisation were done with conspiracy. The Chief Minister and his workers were involved in the conspiracy and people were not given justice,? Chandrawat told ANI. Asserting that common people in Kerala were also being killed, Chandrawat said he had issued the statement thinking about the people?s sentiments. ?Now the entire world is taking cognizance of it. The entire world is with Kerala. I am extremely happy with it. I fulfilled my duty of a patriot. I could make this as the sentiment of the entire world and then I retracted my statement,? he added. ?I accept the Sangh?s decision. I was a volunteer of the RSS and I would remain to be so,? Chandrawat said. Chandrawat?s response comes after the RSS removed Chandrawat from performing any responsibilities in the organisation. ?Kundan who made controversial statement at Ujjain protest mtg has been relieved of his responsibility in RSS: Dr MM Vaidya,? the RSS said in a tweet. The RSS yesterday condemned the statement by Chandrawat saying, “The RSS doesn’t subscribe to any views advocating violence and strongly condemn it. Attached statement is loud and clear”, said RSS spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya in a statement. On this raging issue, RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha commenting on the controversial statement said that this was a wrong statement and won’t be acceptable at all. “We too condemn it and the language used is absolutely wrong,” he added. Chandrawat earlier in a public gathering in Ujjain said: “Three hundred pracharaks have been killed. Communists be warned, we will offer a garland of three lakh heads to Bharat Mata.” Aside from his statement, Chandrawat also announced a bounty of Rs. one crore on the Kerala Chief Minister’s head. “If anyone beheads the Kerala CM, who is the murderer of RSS activists, and brings his head I will bequeath my property worth more than Rs. one crore to him,” he said. When questioned, Chandrawat was unapologetic and said he stood by his comments. Vijayan downplayed K. Chandrawat’s threatening remark against him and said the right-wing group has taken heads of several people. “Sangh Parivar has taken heads of several. But we are to travel na?” Vijayan told the media here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RSS leader’s anti-reservation comment is BJP ‘testing waters’: Dr Ambedkar’s grandson

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh leader Prakash Ambedkar described the senior RSS functionary Manmohan Vaidya’s statement on reservations as a move to test the waters during the next month’s Uttar Pradesh elections. Vaidya said at the Jaipur Literature Festival that even Dr B R Ambedkar, architect of the Constitution, was not in favour of perpetual continuance of reservations, and the reservations policy should be reviewed.Speaking to PTI, Prakash Ambedkar, Dr Ambedkar’s grandson, said UP being the largest state in terms of population which sends the highest number of legislators to New Delhi, Vaidya’s statement was a sort of kite-flying to gauge people’s inclination on the issue, as BJP still has two years in hand (before the Lok Sabha polls) to contain the political damage, if any.”The only reason behind revisiting the reservations issue is to test the inclination of people in a poll-bound state like Uttar Pradesh,” Ambedkar said. “When RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat made a similar remark before Bihar elections, BJP only lost five percent votes. The party lost the election because of consolidation of votes of RJD and JDU. It (Vaidya’s statement) is an attempt of social galvanisation by the Sangh parivar,” he said.”I am not going to condemn (the statement) and keep quiet. I am going to ask all the Dalit people or those who enjoy the benefits of reservations whether they still want to remain with BJP. The votes should send a message to BJP,” Ambedkar said. Saying that no party can form the next government in UP single-handed, he said BSP had upper hand but BJP and SP too were strong, and Congress and SP can jointly win more seats. “BJP has certainly gained some ground in UP and it will be interesting to see how the party performs after the reservations comment,” Ambedkar quipped.

UP Elections 2017: BJP leaders upset by RSS leader’s ill-timed anti-reservation comment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The quota row touched off by a senior RSS functionary’s remarks has sparked concerns in the BJP over its fallout in the crucial Uttar Pradesh assembly polls with party leaders terming the comments “ill-timed”.It was the party top brass which swung into action soon after RSS spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya’s remarks went on air and alarmed it. It played a role in persuading the Hindutva organisation to issue clarifications immediately.The controversy, which started after Vaidya made comments seen to be favouring a review of reservation, is reminiscent of a similar row ignited by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks during the Bihar assembly polls in which the saffron party suffered a humiliating drubbing.Opposition parties, including Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, have latched on the issue to paint BJP as “anti-reservation” and the issue threatens to derail the saffron party’s strategy of keeping planks of development and demonetization at the centre of campaign.”Obviously, we are unhappy. RSS has already clarified it but we would never like reservation as a poll issue. It never benefits us. We will have to see how it pans out and plan accordingly. Vaidya’s comments were ill-timed and unwarranted,” a party leader from Uttar Pradesh said.Another leader said both SP and BSP will now use it to poach on the other backward castes, who the party believes are willing to bet on it again as they did during much of 90s but drifted away later.BSP supremo Mayawati could use the row to “scare” away those Dalit voters who might have voted for BJP in several constituencies to defeat SP, a party leader.However, several leaders added that it is too early to comment if the controversy will have a real impact on poll and were at pains to explain that UP is different from Bihar in a number of ways.’Mandal’ (quota) has more resonance in Bihar, which has more OBC dominance demographically and is moor rural and poor compared to UP, they said. They also pointed out the damage control exercise from RSS was swift yesterday as Vaidya immediately issued clarification and held a late night press conference to make it clear that the organisation supports reservation.

RSS leader Manmohan Vaidya says reservation policy should be reviewed, Opposition cries foul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS’s publicity chief Manmohan Vaidya kicked up a row with remarks favouring a review of the reservation policy, saying even the architect of the Constitution B R Ambedkar had not favoured its continuance in perpetuity, comments that could be potentially damaging for BJP in elections to five state assemblies.”Reservations for SC/ST was introduced in a different context. It was provided for in the Constitution to remedy the historical injustice done to them. It was our responsibility. So, reservation for them has been there since the inception (of the Constitution). But, even Ambedkar has said its continuance in perpetuity is not good. There should be a time limit to it,” Vaidya told an interactive session at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival.Vaidya said instead of continuing with reservations infinitely, attempts should be made to make available to people equal opportunities for education and other things.”Its continuance forever will promote sectarianism,” he said.Watch the video below: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s similar remarks about the need for a review of the reservation policy, just ahead of Bihar polls, had cost the BJP dearly as it saw a massive consolidation of the electorate from the backward classes and weaker sections in favour of Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance.RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Kumar had then raised an alarm, insisting the BJP would end reservations if voted to power in the state.Today, Lalu quickly latched on to Vaidya’s statement, saying Brahmins controlled the RSS and that reservation was provided for the targeted sections under the Constitution. He waid it was not a “charity” bestowed on them by the Sangh Parivar fountainhead.”Modiji your RSS spokesman is again talking rubbish about reservation. We drubbed you (ragad, ragad ke dhoya) in Bihar, but probably more remains to be done which UP will,” the RJD boss said in a tweet in Hindi. “Reservation is something which has been granted by the Constitution. It is not a charity from a casteist organisation like RSS. We know how to show them their place,” he said in another tweet.Congress also reacted sharply to Vaidya’s controversial remarks. “RSS-BJP’s anti Dalit agenda exposed by Vaidya’s call to abolish reservation. Caste & communal division is their dna”, party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala tweeted.As he faced criticism over his remarks, Vaidya went on the defensive, saying as long as there is discrimination, reservation should continue. He, however, sought a time-bound probe into why its benefits had not reached the targeted people.”As long as there is discrimination in the society, reservation should continue. We should end discrimination as soon as possible. But there should be an unbiased probe into why the weakest of the weak did not get the benefits of reservations so many years after independence,” he said.

Shiv Sena mocks RSS ideologue who suggested division of Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a jibe at RSS ideologue MG Vaidya over his remarks on dividing Maharashtra into four smaller states, the Shiv Sena said on Monday Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should consider him for the state’s top honour ‘Maharashtra Bhushan.'”By asking for smaller states to be carved out of Maharashtra, he is only putting forth his view, which everybody has a right to do in a democracy. Many a times some people’s love for Pakistan also keeps sprouting now and then,” an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.”Vaidya should be invited to Mumbai and lauded for his views. Maharashtra Chief Minister should consider honouring this person, who has such great views, with a Maharashtra Bhushan award,” the Sena said.The Sena’s comment slamming Vaidya, a former spokesperson of the RSS, comes in the backdrop of his speech in Nagpur last week, where he had reiterated his stand on the division of Maharashtra into four states. “I am a pro-Vidarbha person and a separate Vidarbha should be carved out. Any state should not have a population of more than three crore. There should not be any need for protest for small states,” Vaidya had said.Vaidya had often advocated division of Maharashtra into Vidarbha, Marathwada including Khandesh, Konkan, and western Maharashtra and the official language of all these states would remain Marathi. He had also also suggested constitution a state reorganisation commission and each state should have restricted population.The Sena, however, has vehemently opposed the idea of division of Maharashtra.

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