HYDERABAD : Former Chattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi has cautioned the Congress high- command over the growing influence of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the tribal areas of Central India and underlined the need to check it.
Speaking at the AICC plenary here on Sunday, Mr. Jogi said the leadership must analyse why the Congress had yielded considerable ground in the tribal areas which was the traditional stronghold of the party. This was apparently because the tribals had switched their loyalties to the Sangh parivar as was evident from the results of the last lok Sabha elections when the Congress lost most of the constituencies to the BJP. He said the RSS had concentrated its energies on the tribal areas by penetrating remote villages and hamlets in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. "They successfully established Saraswati Sishu Mandirs, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashrams, Valmiki Ashrams and Ekal Vidyalayas", he said.
Referring to the extremist problem, Mr. Jogi wanted the Centre to treat it as a national issue rather than leave the burning issue to the respective States to resolve. "The Centre should pay serious attention and initiate steps to check the situation before it goes out of hand," he said.