Some Muslim clerics in the city today claimed that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) did not respond to their request for a meeting with the organisation chief Mohan Bhagwat.
City cleric Alam Raja Noori said they had submitted a letter at the RSS office in Karwahlo Nagar here on February 14, seeking an appointment of a Muslim delegation with the RSS Chief.
“It’s February 16, and they have not responded yet… We hope the Sangh will respond soon,” Noori said.
“We would like to ask Bhagwat whether they (RSS) want to develop the nation on the basis of Hindutva or on the basis the Constitution,” a Muslim cleric said.
Bhagwat has been in the city since Saturday meeting Sangh pracharaks and other affiliates. He addressed a rally of about 20,000 swayamsevaks here yesterday.
“Some of its (RSS) leaders and affiliates have been repeatedly saying that India is a Hindu nation and Muslims should leave the country… They talk of ‘Ghar Wapsi’. Such comments create and deepen divides in the country. We would have liked to draw his attention towards such anti-Muslim utterances,” Noori said.
“Sangh talks of keeping the country united. Why then their leaders and other associates make such anti-Muslim comments?” asked Haji Mohammed Salis, the general secretary of Sunni Ulema Council.
Asked about their response, RSS state prachar pramukh Mohan Aggrawal said he had no knowledge of any such letter. “If they have given any letter to Sangh’s Karwahlo Nagar office, no office-bearer in Kanpur office has received any such letter yet,” he said.
Later tonight, RSS functionary Indresh met a delegation of Muslim clerics led by Sunni Ulema Council’s general secretary Maulana Salis Ahmed.
“Putting forth our views, we told Mr Indresh that anti-Muslim comments by some of the leaders of RSS and its affiliates were hurting the unity and integrity of the nation.
“The Muslim community is an integral part of the country and we all should strive to unite the country instead of dividing it,” he said.
Ahmed said that Indresh has assured that he will raise their concerns with the senior functionaries.