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Sunday, March 13, 2005

RSS kicks-off row, no reservation for Muslim-Christian converts

[India News]: Mangalore, Mar.12 : The RSS has kicked off yet another row by announcing that converted Christians or Muslims cannot avail reservation facilities.

The Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the highest policy-making body of RSS, having its 3-day conclave in Mangalore, would discuss the issue of reservation for the erstwhile Hindus who have embraced other religions, said Ram Madhav, RSS Spokesman.

"There is a move to seek extension of reservation facility to converted Christians of Scheduled Castes. A Public Interest Litigation has been moved in the Supreme Court. Earlier, the courts had taken a clear stand that reservation means for those sections of Hindu society, which face discrimination because of caste system in Hinduism. So, we would like to discuss this issue in the session and a resolution will be passed on that question, whether the reservation facility can be extended to those who go out of Hindu religion and embrace other religions," said Madhav.

Firebrand VHP leader Praveen Togadia, who is also in the city to attend the conclave, followed Madhav and came down heavily on the Centre for inviting Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf for the ongoing Cricket series between India and Pakistan.

"Terrorists are killing our security forces everyday, terrorists are being killed in Delhi on a regular basis. Pakistan and Musharraf are supporting terrorists and we are inviting him for cricket. It is nothing but the impotency of the rulers of India. They are welcoming the foreign ruler with a red carpet who wants to destroy India," said Togadia.

At the same venue, VHP once again reiterated that the construction of a Ram Mandir at Ayodhya is still an issue for it and it would continue to be.

Senior VHP leader Acharya Giriraj Kishore said that the meeting of the Saints at Haridwar in June would decide the course of action and also decide the date of commencement of construction of the temple.

"VHP will take the decision, RSS will help. We are having a meeting in Haridwar on June 13th and 14th. Saints will decide it. So everything will be decided in the month of June," said Acharya Kishore.

Once again opening up doors for speculation, the VHP leader said that the outfit would prefer to have a political Hindu front as an alternative to UPA and NDA. (ANI)

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