The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) kick-started on the 8th of March in Gwalior. The ABPS is the highest policy and decision making body of the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS). The meet is held annually for three days and important topics are put forward for discussions and resolutions passed. In this meet the Sabarimala issue was discussed and a resolution was passed against the Kerala state government. This year the meet is involving 1400 RSS functionaries pan India. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Sarkaryavah Bhaiyaji Joshi are among the top leaders taking part in the three-day meet.
Manmohan Vaidya, a top RSS leader told the media that the Sabarimala temple issue is related to age old dharmic traditions and the Kerala Government is committing excesses against Hindu devotees under the disguise of implementing the Supreme Court’s decision.
The meeting also focussed on challenging the family system that has emerged in the contemporary India. Mr. Vaidya claimed that “The RSS will work in the society according to the Bharatiya philosophy, that believes in extending oneself from ‘I’ to ‘us’.”
The Sangh made it very clear that the meet is not going to focus on the electoral politics. However, Amit Shah, the president of BJP is set to present the report of his organisation. Even though the meet is being held right before the elections the electoral agenda is not being discussed.
RSS released its annual report at the meeting which indicated the rate of increase in Sangh’s daily shakhas in 2018-19 was slower that that of 2017-18.
In a report presented at the meeting the policy making body was all in praise for the centre for the steps taken after the February 14th terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.
In a response to the Ram Mandir verdict the report said that Hindus are constantly being neglected. Whilst having full respect in the judicial system, they said they would like to say emphatically that the judgement on the dispute must expedite and remove the obstacles in constructing the temple.
Sources: ndtv.com, hindustantimes.com
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