As the controversy sparks over the Nitish Kumar led Bihar government's order to cops to collect information on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) and 18 Sangh outfits including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Jagaran Samiti, ABVP, Akhil Bharatiya Shikshak Mahasangh, Hindu Mahasabha, among others, former Chief Minister of Bihar Rabri Devi has lashed out at Nitish Kumar.
Claiming that it is Nitish Kumar government who has strengthened the powers of these organisation, Rabri Devi said: "Why is Nitish is questioning them. He is the one who had given them powers and strengthened them in state. He has right to inquire them.I am daring BJP to ask Nitish Kumar on this move."
In a letter issued to the Patna's Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) on May 28, the SP (Superintendent of Police) has asked the officers to collect details and monitor the functionaries of RSS and its 18 other organisations associated with it.
Besides RSS, the 18 Sangh outfits named in the letter include the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Jagaran Samiti, ABVP, Akhil Bharatiya Shikshak Mahasangh, Hindu Mahasabha, among others. In the letter, the Bihar Police has been asked to gather the details including names, telephone numbers, addresses and business associations of all office-bearers (presidents, vice-presidents, secretaries, among others) of the RSS and its following associate organizations within a week. The officer has further demanded the notice to be considered very important. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, who is also the Home Minister of State, has tasked the Special Branch to carry out the task with confidentially.
Responding to the Nitish Kumar led government's order, national executive member of RSS Indresh Kumar said: "Congress accused of saffron terror, and spent crores to prove it, yet they were unsuccessful. Sangh is well known for discipline and known for people's welfare and peace and prosperity of the nation. It works for nation's unity."
Notably, Nitish Kumar, earlier in 2016 when his party Janata Dal (United) was in alliance with the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led RJD, spoke in favour for a “Sangh-mukt Bharat (RSS free India)”. There have been speculations of rift between the Nitish Kumar govt in Bihar and BJP. While no JD(U) member was given a cabinet berth in Modi 2.0 cabinet, Nitish Kumar did not induct any BJP member in his cabinet. Moreover, JDU leader Prashant Kishor's organisation is working for Mamata Banerjee for West Bengal elections where their chief contender is BJP. Nitish however has termed it as Kishor's personal matter.