RSS demands rejection of minority sub-quota

Nagpur: The RSS today adopted a resolution opposing the 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities within the existing 27 per cent reservation for OBCs, saying it had the potential to trigger discord among various sections. The resolution was adopted during the three-day meeting of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the organisation`s highest decision-making body, which will conclude tomorrow.

"During the meeting, a resolution was adopted, describing the Centre`s move on the sub-quota reservation as anti-constitutional and also called for its rejection by the entire nation," RSS functionary and Swadeshi Jagran Manch joint-convenor Bhagwati Prasad told reporters here today. In its written resolution, RSS said, "We should uphold the unity and integrity of our society as paramount. Mature polity should handle such movements with utmost care and sensitivity."

He said that the meeting expressed grave concerns over the issue of Communal and Targetted Violence Bill. "RSS had launched a nation wide public awareness programme against the Bill," he said, adding that the government brought it before the National Council, but could not bring it before Parliament. "Both the Bill as well as the move on minority reservations are potential triggers for creating disunity and discord among various sections of the society," the resolution said.

Prasad said, RSS was also against the allocation of two per cent funds for minorities from the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The organisation also expressed concern over upsurge in movements in different parts of the country over issues like land rights, political rights, dams and river water sharing and conflicts between different groups based on tribe, caste and religion, the statement said.