India News | RSS an Association of High Castes, PM Modi a Great Playwright: Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru, Aug 9 (PTI) Calling the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh an “upper caste association”, Karnataka’s senior Congress official Siddaramaiah on Tuesday called the central government’s “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign a “drama”, and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “great playwright”.

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The former chief minister of the state questioned the contribution of BJP and RSS to India’s freedom struggle and alleged that they opposed the national flag, national anthem and to the Constitution. “How can they be patriots? He asked.

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“I opposed RSS from the beginning because it’s just an upper caste association, that’s why they believe in the ‘Chaturvarna’ system (caste system). The Chaturvarna system believes in caste supremacy superiors; if this system continues, there will be inequalities which can in turn lead to exploitation,” said Siddaramaiah.

All Sangh Parivar organizations like RSS, BJP, Hindu Mahasabha, Hindu Jagarana Vedike and Bajrang Dal believe in such caste system and ideology, the opposition leader has claimed. Assembly at an event held at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office here to commemorate the anniversary of the Quit India Movement.

Calling the BJP’s ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign a ‘drama’, he alleged that ‘their ideological leaders (BJP) like VD Savarkar, MS Golwalkar and RSS spokesman ‘Organise’ had opposed the national tricolor. We have to expose them.”

For about 52 years, the national flag was not flown at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur in Maharashtra, Siddaramaiah claimed.

Claiming that it is Congress and its leaders who are responsible for “Free India”, Siddaramaiah alleged that Savarakar wrote a letter of apology to the British for being released from prison, and he is referred to as “Veer Savarkar”.

“Did Golwalkar or Hedgewar (RSS leaders) fight for the freedom of this country, go to jail or sacrifice their lives for it?…(PM) Narendra Modi was born in free India , while I at least was born 12 days before independence; these people today preach patriotism and independence to us,” he said.

“Their (BJP/RSS) is a complete drama, Modi is a great playwright…we should expose these fake patriots, only Congress has morality…we should inform people and raise awareness,” he said. -he adds.

State Congress Leader DK Shivakumar, citing the action of the Law Enforcement Directorate against his party’s leadership in National Herald cases, said there was an “undeclared emergency ” in the country.

He said Congress was the “true heir” to the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and India’s freedom struggle, accusing the BJP government of “trying to change history and ‘insult the national flag and anthem’.

The Karnataka Congress has decided to organize a mega march carrying the Sangolli circle tricolor Rayanna to the Basavanagudi National College grounds on August 15, which the party says at least one million people are likely to attend. Similar marches are organized by the party throughout the state.

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Andrew B. Reiter