Nitish government quietly collecting information on RSS, Hindu groups
The special branch of the Bihar Police had asked its officials to provide full information on 19 Hindu organisations and office bearers
The Bihar police has been collecting information about the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliates.
The Special Branch of the state Police sent a letter to all the senior officers of the department, in which a Special Superintendent of Police asked all the regional Deputy Superintendents and district Special Branch officials to gather information on the RSS and its affiliates.
In the letter, the names, addresses, telephone numbers and business information of the organisations affiliated with the RSS have been sought.
In the letter, there are 19 organisations listed, including the RSS. These include the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Mahasabha and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
The government says that this is a routine action.
The RSS is the parent organisation of the Bharatiya Janata Party. It was founded in 1925 by Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar. Its chief today is Mohan Bhagwat.
RSS pradesh official Rajesh Pandey told NDTV, "The RSS is a transparent organization. Anyone can take this information. There is no objection. But the list of organisations which have been released by [the] Bihar Police has many names which I am seeing for the first time and for this reason I am surprised.”
A political controversy flared up in Bihar after this letter come to light. In Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU) is part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the BJP at the Centre.
It appears that the canny chief minister is keeping his options open for the future.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]