‘Blinkered vision’ Congress no longer supports idea of progressive India: RSS

New Delhi: Dubbing the Congress Party as a party of ‘reactionaries’, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday blamed the former of creating a ‘contemporary fragmented society’ for vote bank politics.

RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha told ANI that the Congress has a ‘blinkered vision’ and no moral right to preach to the government or to the progressive, democratic and secular forces of the country.

“Due to their blinkered vision, the Congress Party is no longer supporter of progressive India. The Congress social philosophy is a reactionary social philosophy and they are behind the fundamentalists, so the Congress has no moral right to preach to the government or to the progressive, democratic and secular forces of the country,” he said.

Sinha, however, sought to know as to when there was no demand for a ‘Hindu Civil Code’, the Government of India formulated the Hindu Civil Code and that was a progressive step,

“The Congress is responsible for the contemporary fragmented society. It is the Congress that initiated vote bank politics. Had it not done, Pandit Nehru (first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru) would have brought the Uniform Civil Code. When there was no demand for Indian Civil code, the Government of India formatted Hindu Civil Code…It was Rajiv Gandhi who had bowed down before the fundamentalist despite the clear unambiguous directive and verdict of the Supreme Court to formulate Uniform Civil Code,” he added.

In the face of strong opposition to Uniform Civil Code by Muslim outfits, the Congress had earlier said its implementation would be impossible while the BJP asserted that the move is aimed at moving towards a progressive society.

Other opposition parties like JD(U) accused the BJP-led central government of trying to polarise the people ahead of assembly polls in several states, with leader of Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) Asaduddin Owaisi saying that bringing the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) will ‘kill’ the diversity and plurality of India.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board and some other outfits had opposed the Law Commission’s questionnaire on Uniform Civil Code, including abolition of ‘triple talaq’ and announced their boycott of the move, accusing the government of waging a ‘war’ against the community.