TMC’s Decision to Celebrate Ram Navami Our Moral Victory: RSS 

The RSS said it considered the TMC’s decision to celebrate Ram Navami, a moral victory.

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Volunteers of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) take part in a drill during their workers’ meet in Ahmedabad. Image used for representational purposes only.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), on Wednesday, 14 March, said the Trinamool Congress' decision to observe Ram Navami in West Bengal is a moral victory for the organisation, as the ruling party had opposed the celebrations last year.

The TMC had, earlier this month, said it has decided to observe Ram Navami in West Bengal’s Birbhum district with a massive procession to be held on 25 March.

"It is a moral victory for the RSS that the ruling party is also saying that they want to celebrate Ram Navami. We welcome this decision", RSS south Bengal General Secretary Jishnu Basu said.

Last year, we had seen how activists of various Hindutva organisations were arrested for observing Ram Navami in the state. It is good that they have realised their mistake. 
Jishnu Basu, General Secretary, RSS (South Bengal)

On the state government's directive against armed processions during Ram Navami, he said the RSS is against any armed procession, be it for Ram Navami or Muharram.

The state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership, however see the TMC's decision as an attempt to hijack the programme from the saffron party.

"Last year, Ram Navami celebrations (of BJP) was a great success. This time too it will be a great success", West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said.

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