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Gehlot calls RSS extra constitutional authority

Press Trust of India  |  Jodhpur 

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has called the RSS an extra constitutional authority and suggested the right-wing group should merge itself with the BJP and convert into a political party.

He said nobody could become a minister without the consent of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in this government.

"RSS has its hold on the government as an extra constitutional authority. The organisation should change into a political party and merge with the Bharatiya Janata Party," said Gehlot here on Wednesday.

When the RSS had been banned by Sardar Patel, the outfit had given in writing that it was a cultural entity, he said.

"So they should stick to their words," Gehlot said.

He further accused the BJP of politicising patriotism and patriots.

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First Published: Thu, March 21 2019. 18:40 IST