Source: News Bharati English12 Jul 2016 15:44:14

Kanpur, July 12: RSS cannot have a different opinion or stand on the issue of controversial and radical Islamic Preacher Dr. Zakir Naik than that of citizens of the country, said Dr. Manmohan Vaidya, Akhil Bharatiya Pracahr Pramukh of RSS.

Vaidya was interacting with the reporters ahead of the three-day meeting of Prant Pracharaks of RSS being held at Bithoor near here.

Replying to a question on Zakir Naik he said, “How can RSS have a different stand on the issue now that Muslim leaders and the common people are opposing him?”

The Islamic preacher has come under scanner after reports that one of the Dhaka attackers was allegedly inspired by his speeches.

“The RSS begins its new session of activities from July every year. This time, Kanpur has been chosen as the venue for the meeting to decide the programme and various activities of the organizations. This is a routine affair meant to review the past work and plan for future,” Vaidya, said.

On senior leader Suresh Soni attending the meet, he said, “Soni was on furlough. Now that he is back, the Sangh’s activity will definitely increase and he will carry out the activities of this body.”

On whether Soni has become active in the outfit with an eye on the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections slated next year, Vaidya said, RSS never sees its internal activities through the lens of state polls.

RSS Sarasanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat, Sarakaryavah Suresh alias Bhaiyyaji Joshi, other senior leaders and office bearers are attending the meeting that will continue till July 15. The meeting is being attended by pracharaks from all 44 prants and 11 kshetras across the country.

Vaidya said that the Sangh work has been increasing in all the fields because of the faith people reposed in the RSS. The organisation has 57000 shakhas which are an indicator of its growth, he said.

Stating that it was totally wrong and unfounded to relate this regular meeting of the Sangh to the ensuing assembly elections in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Vaidya said that the RSS meeting has nothing to do with BJP and elections.

This meeting is held to deliberate on internal and organizational matters of the RSS, he added. He said that it has been the endeavour of RSS to reach out to the rural and inaccessible areas to change the perception of the people about RSS.

Meanwhile, Leader of Sunni Ulema Council Haji Aqeel Ahmed arrived at the event and requested to meet the RSS chief. However, the workers said they would forward the council's letter with six questions to Bhagwat.

This is the second time the council leaders had sought to meet the RSS chief. Two years ago, when the organisation's meeting was held here, the leaders could not meet Bhagwat. However, a senior RSS leader was later sent to meet them. (Inputs from agencies)