//Kerala may take action against RSS-linked staff

Kerala may take action against RSS-linked staff

AM JIGEESH, Financial Express, Monday, October 09, 2006

NEW DELHI, OCT 8:  The LDF government in Kerala is planning restrictive action against the government employees having active association with the Sangh Parivar.

“We are seriously considering action against government employees linked with the RSS. It is now under the cabinet’s consideration,” a senior minister told FE.

The LDF’s move comes in the wake of recent developments in Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP government recently revoked the ban on government employees participating in RSS activities. Congress president Sonia Gandhi had urged President APJ Abdul Kalam to reimpose restrictions on the RSS.

Recently chief minister and CPI (M) politburo member VS Achuthanandan had come out in open against the Sangh Parivar for “communalising Kerala” after the Thomas P Joseph Commission probing the Marad riots indicted the parivar outfits as well.

“We are watching the situation in Madhya Pradesh closely. Left parties cannot be a mute spectator, when the society is being divided on communal lines. Officers with RSS agenda can clearly harm the system,” the minister said.

Interestingly, some senior leaders of the RSS in the state are also government officers. Such a ban can cause heavy damage to the saffron brigade. Existing service rules in the state only restrict employees from taking part in activities of political parties. But all the parties have their own service organisations in the state. NGO Union, the CPI(M)-leaning employees’ organisation is the largest one in the state.

The state had never controlled RSS workers joining government service earlier, though many-a-time it has executed Centre’s ban order on the RSS several times.