Akal Takht Chief asks for ban on RSS, says it’s out to “divide” India

Giani Harpreet Singh, the Akal Takht Chief says RSS is not in the interest of the country

In a reiteration of his statement, Akal Takht Chief Giani Harpreet Singh has called for a ban on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) saying that the statements made by the leaders of the Sangh aren’t in the interest of the country.

Speaking to a group of reporters in Amritsar, urging the BJP government to put checks on the Hindutva outfit, he said, “Yes, it should be banned. I believe what the RSS is doing will create divisions in the country. The statements being made by RSS leaders are not in the country’s interests.”

His comments regarding the RSS have come shortly after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that “Bharat is a Hindu Rashtra”. In his speech, Bhagwat had said, "The vision and proclamation of the Sangh regarding the identity of the nation, social identity of all of us, and the identity of the country's nature, are clear, well-thought-of and firm that Bharat is Hindustan, Hindu Rashtra”.

The RSS planned to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Speaking about this, Singh said, “We have no problem if RSS celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. But they must celebrate it under the Sikh code of conduct and must not violate any rule, trading or ritual of Sikhism”.

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