RSS chief skirts Gadkari controversy

RSS chief skirts Gadkari controversy

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, on Wednesday, refused to get into the controversy surrounding his blue-eyed boy BJP president Nitin Gadkari and instead harped on the organisation's pet theme 'Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.'

Addressing the annual Dasara rally in Nagpur, the RSS chief focussed on internal external security issues. “It is time for the government to liberate Indian areas that are under Pakistan's control....government's policies in Jammu and Kashmir have brought a resurgence in terrorist activities,” he said.

Skirting the issue of Gadkari's controversial business practices, Bhagwat showed more interest in the issues concerning the valley. “ Conducive atmosphere should be created in Jammu and Kashmir so as to enable the homecoming of Hindus who fled the region,”he said.

The RSS chief in his speech focused on another RSS pet theme — construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, suggesting that it’s time to, “bring in a parliamentary legislation so that construction of temple can be started.”

Later after the rally while talking to the local media, Bhagwat refused to get drawn into the Gadkari corruption controversy making rounds in the media.

On persistent questioning, Bhagwat said: “I have already touched on the issue of corruption in general in my speech.”

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