RSS is threat to the nation, says MPCC

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 23:05

Mumbai: Terming the RSS a "threat" to the nation, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today said its ideology is against the secular constitution of the country.

"We have a secular constitution, as per which every individual has a right to follow the religion of his choice. But people like (RSS president) Mohan Bhagwat try to divide people by making communal statements," Thakre said here referring to Bhagwat`s recent remark that India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva is its identity.

Thakre was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function organised to celebrate the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi today.

He said that although it was the Congress that initiated the metro rail projects in Maharashtra, the Opposition was trying to take its credit.

"Whether it is in Pune or Nagpur, it is the Congress that has initiated the metro rail projects for the benefit of the people of Maharashtra. But the Modi government is trying to take undue credit. We will not let them mislead the people of the state," he said.

The statement comes a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Nagpur to lay the foundation stone for the 39 km Nagpur Metro project.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had recently refuted allegations of State Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar that the Centre had cleared Metro project for Nagpur ahead of Pune for "political gains".

Thakre added that the party leadership has not instructed Prithviraj Chavan about not sharing stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"The CM has not been asked to stay away from events involving PM Narendra Modi. But he has been asked to avoid public rallies with him," Thakre said.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 23:05

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