PUNE: Under pressure of criticism for allegedly not taking action against Sanatan Sanstha while the Congress-NCP alliance was in power, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, has come out with a statement saying that the Congress government’s stand about the sanstha was always clear and there were talks of banning the organisation. The organisation is currently facing flak for its alleged involvement of its members in murders of rationalists and also a possible terror plot.
The Sanatan Sanstha is a fundamentalist right-wing organisation operating from Goa and has thousands of members around the country. Recently, a few of its members were arrested for links to the murders of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, author MM Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh, after which the earlier Congress government faced flak from social circles for being passive about the sanstha.
The statement says, “There is a lot of misinformation being spread about the Congress-NCP alliance government’s handling of the Sanatan Sanstha. Considering the history of the sanstha, the alliance government had sent a detailed report with an appeal to ban the organisation to the Centre, on April 11, 2011.”
“The appeal to ban the organisation was made much before the murder of Narendra Dabholkar and was not a reaction to a single incident but based on the reports prepared by our security agencies over the years,” the statement states.