//RSS-Anna links go back a long way, says RSS chief Mohanrao Bhagwat

RSS-Anna links go back a long way, says RSS chief Mohanrao Bhagwat

11 nov. 2011

y Jayanta Gupta

KOLKATA: Laying speculation to rest, RSS Sar-Sanghchalak Mohanrao Bhagwat said that his organization and Anna Hazare go back a long way. If Bhagwat is to be believed, it was the RSS that urged Anna to go in for a movement against corruption but the organization never took active part in it.

“If the RSS is asked by Anna to join the movement, we shall do so. But, no such request has come in as yet. However, we are not stopping RSS members from participating in Anna’s movement. The links between Anna and the RSS go back a long way. It was the RSS that highlighted Anna’s developmental programmes for villages. We even got Anna to help us in our village development programmes. It was during these interactions that the RSS suggested to him to go in for a movement against corruption. I was supposed to meet Anna in June but both of us got held up elsewhere,” the RSS chief said during an informal interaction with journalists in Kolkata on Wednesday.

According to Bhagwat, the RSS also spoke to Baba Ramdev on starting a movement against corruption. “We can’t force him to join hands with Anna but we did urge Baba Ramdev to be part of the movement. The RSS, as an organization, believes in creating better individuals who would lead corruption-free lives. This would finally give birth to a corruption-free nation. However, for the time being, any movement against corruption in the government is good,” he said. [. . .]
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TNN | Nov 9, 2011, 07.23PM IST