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Mungekar attacks RSS on Ram temple issue

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

member and Monday accused the (RSS), the ideological mentor of the ruling BJP, of stoking the issue with an eye on elections.

He alleged that a "pre-Babri mosque atmosphere" is sought to be created in the country.

He also accused of "systematically dismantling" the democratic institutions including the and the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation).

Mungekar charged the RSS with building pressure on the to hold early hearing on the Ayodhya title suits.

"Failing this, the RSS has threatened to take alternative routes to construct in Ayodhya with the tacit support of the government,"Mungekar alleged.

"This is unprecedented that, for the first time, the extra-constitutional bodies are trying to openly target the not only for urgent, but favourable verdict," he said in a statement.

He said the RSS was "strategically remaining silent" on the construction of a in Ayodhya for four-and-half years of the BJP's rule.

"And it's only now, closer to important state and forthcoming general elections, it is trying to revive (the Ayodhya issue) for communal polarisation. This way, a pre-atmosphere is sought to be created in the country," he alleged.

On December 6, 1992, a large number of 'Kar Sevaks' - religious volunteers - had gathered in the temple town and demolished the 16th-century Babri Masjid, triggering a spate of communal violence in the country.

Mungekar further accused the government of destroying the CBI and the RBI.

He recalled that the BJP, when in opposition, wanted separation of the CBI from the government control and make it fully Independent.

The BJP-led government blatantly destroyed the agency through "mid-night operation" by shunting out its Constitutionally appointed director, "only with the fear that he might take politically most unfavourable decision," he said.

The government recently stripped CBI Alok Verma and special of all the responsibilities and sent them on administrative leave, after the top officers accused each other of corruption.

M Nageshwara Rao was last month appointed as its The matter relating to sending Verma on leave is pending before the Supreme Court.

"Similarly, the government undermined the RBI, when the alone took the fraudulent decision of the demonetisation in November, 2016," Mungekar said.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 22:00 IST