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RSS to 'sensitise' ex-IAS, IPS officers about Bengal 'Jehadi' activities

Sulagna Sengupta | Updated on: 31 March 2017, 13:37 IST
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The resolution passed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha's congregation in Coimbatore titled Growing Jehadi Activities in West Bengal – A Challenge to National Interests seems to have become the cornerstone of its Bengal agenda.

The organisation has now taken its attempt to consolidate Hindus in the state to the next level by trying to 'sensitise' influencers such as retired officers of the Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service about the dangers from the rise of 'alleged jehadi' activities in the state.

The Sangh has already distributed its Coimbatore resolution to some of them and will take their feedback on how it to highlight the "state government's involvement in the rise of these anti-national activities".

Besides trying to use their obvious clout and reach, involving former public servants also serves another agenda: the Sangh is involving senior bureaucrats who have worked in the state to gather information about work left incomplete by Mamata Banerjee's government, RSS sources said.

It would also to know about projects sanctioned by the Centre that the state is yet to take up. These, in turn, will give the RSS and the Bharatiya Janata Party a clear scope to attack the Mamata government.

The RSS has alleged that her government is hand-in-glove with "anti-national" elements, encouraging them to play " Muslim vote-bank politics" right. It has also connected its charges to a "declining rate of Hindu population in the state". Last week it also announced plans to celebrate Ram Navami in a grand way in Bengal in an attempt to consolidate Hindus.


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The Sangh Parivar in Bengal will also give 'classes' to various decision makers, including academics, to make them aware of the unabated rise of 'jehadi' activities, sources said. They will also urging these influencers to join hands.

Coming close at the heels of the Ram Navami plans, this can be seen as the first 'organisational' step being taken by the RSS in Bengal to expand its base by creating a perception that it is fighting to root out 'jehad' and "anti-nationals".

The outfit has decided to distribute its Coimbatore resolution to all households through its 'shakhas' in 274 of the state's 341 blocks. Allied organisations, including the BJP, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bharatiya Kisan Sabha and Jagaran Manch, will also be roped in to increase the impact.

"Our public relations arm 'Samparka' is already working on spreading awareness among the masses about atrocities being perpetrated by jehadi activists," said Jishnu Bose.

"Now we will try to make retired IAS and IPS officers aware of anti-national activities and threats. We will try to take suggestions from them on how to deal with such a menace.

“We also plan to hit the streets to garner support from the masses if the atrocities continue, despite our efforts” he added.

Bose also alleged a nexus between 'Jehadi' activists and the ultra-Left.

Quashing such allegations, West Bengal's Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said: “We will not allow any outfit to fan communal tension in the state and we will take necessary action in this regard.”

Edited by Jhinuk Sen


First published: 31 March 2017, 13:37 IST