RSS to go by what ‘samaaj’ thinks on Kashi & Mathura mosques, after seers’ call to remove them
By Publishing Team
New Delhi: With Hindu seers reviving the demand for the removal of mosques from “holy sites” in Kashi (Varanasi) and Mathura, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is inclined towards re-thinking its decision not to get involved in any Ayodhya-like movement in the future.
The Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP), an apex body of 14 akhadas or organisations of saints and seers, passed a resolution in Prayagraj Monday to “liberate Kashi and Mathura” by removing the two mosques. The ABAP sought the support of the RSS and its affiliate, the Vishva Hindu Parishad, which had launched the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple movement in the 1980s.
The movement led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, and the Supreme Court awarded the disputed site to the Hindus for the construction of the Ram Temple last November.
After getting a favourable verdict in the Ayodhya title suit, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had suggested the Sangh was not inclined to push for the removal of the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi and the Shahi Idgah in Mathura.
“The Sangh does not get involved in any movement. We work towards character building. In the past, the circumstances were different, resulting in the Sangh getting involved in the (Ayodhya) movement. We will once again work for character building,” Bhagwat had said.