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RSS Disapproves Of Statehood For Telangana

PTI 03 Jan 2010, 22:12:53 IST

Adopting a stance at variance with that of BJP, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on Sunday  strongly disapproved of creation of a separate state of Telangana and said the demarcation of provinces on the basis of language did not solve the country's problems. 

"Creation of separate states was a folly for which the nation is still paying the price. The proposed creation of Telangana will only add to the country's woes without solving any of its problems. 

We need to find out ways to unite the people and not divide them," RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat told a function organised by the outfit's 'Kashi Prant' unit in Allahabad. 

The BJP, which considers RSS as its parent organisation, has been favouring smaller states on the ground that they are more governable. 

This is yet another instance, in the recent past, of the RSS having expressed an opinion at variance with the BJP's stand on a particular issue.  A few months ago, the saffron outfit had commended Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's forays into backward rural areas even as the BJP had dismissed it as a political stunt. 

Also on the language issue, the RSS Sarsanghchalak withough naming Raj Thackeray or his Maharashtra Navanirman Sena, also questioned "the mindset which accepts taking an oath of office in English, a foreign language, but opposes anyone who does the same in Hindi." PTI