Responding to Nitish Kumar led Bihar government's order to the district police officers to collect information on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its functionaries along with those of other organisations associated with the Sangh in the state, national executive member of RSS Indresh Kumar spoke to Republic Media Network.
In the first response after the order, Indresh Kumar on behalf of RSS said: "RSS is an organisation highlighting nationalism, social work, discipline. It has been a revolution to get rid of inequality and biases and it focuses on people's welfare, it will continue to do so. Whatever they want to do, they can do. They will only get this truth. 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. It might be that they think Sangh is an example of Nationalism in the country so let us do a research on that. And I will say country's all politicians must do a research work on Sangh."
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.
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.