The Congress and the NCP in Maharashtra have stepped up their attack on the NDA ruled Centre and the Maharashtra government. The opposition parties have demanded an immediate ban on Sanatan Sanstha after members of the organisation were held in Govind Pansare murder case.
Sameer Gaikwad, a member of Sanatan Sanstha, was arrested last week in connection with the murder of CPI leader Govind Pansare.
On Monday, 2 senior journalists too came out to say that they received threats from the organisation. Investigations revealed that senior Marathi journalist Nikhil Wagale was on the Sanstha’s hitlist.
Meanwhile, a heated political blame game is on with the Opposition and the government trading charges at each other. The NCP blamed former Union Home Secretary R K Singh, who is now a BJP MP, for not banning the conservative organisation.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said the request of the previous (Congress-NCP) government in Maharashtra to ban the outfit was not heeded by the Union Home Ministry because of bureaucrats like R K Singh who were “soft” on such organisations.
“UPA government is criticised for not accepting the state government’s request to ban Sanatan. But if people like Singh sit on the file, the decision cannot be taken,” Malik alleged.
In 2011, after Sanatan Sanstha’s activities came to light, the Congress-NCP government had recommended that the outfit be banned, said Malik. “However, RK Singh, who was close to BJP, was the Union Home Secretary and he delayed the decision,” Malik added.
Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, demanded the arrest of Sanatan Sanstha leaders. He also wants a ban on the organisation for threatening journalists.
State Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant condemned Shiv Sena for supporting Sanatan.
“Eliminating those who oppose your political ideology is also an act of terrorism,” Sawant said.
(With inputs from PTI)