NC president Farooq Abdullah today expressed concern over the “growing influence” of the RSS across the country, which he termed as a threat to secular India.
Talking to media persons, the former Union minister said growing communal incidents across the country and the ban on sale of beef in Jammu and Kashmir were ‘killing’ secular India.
“I fear that secular India is being killed. The Constitution of our country gives the right to every person to understand and spread his religion. These traits helped every community to live in peace till now. The growing influence of the RSS is spreading hatred in the country,” Abdullah said.
He said it was the duty of leaders in New Delhi to think about these issues. He appealed to the government to save secular India as there was a threat of hatred spreading between communities.
“The government is New Delhi has to think whether it wants an India that is secular and organised or a country where there is hatred between communities. Leaders have to think as they are running the country,” he said.
The order of the J&K High Court asking the state government to implement the law banning sale of beef and slaughter of bovines had caused controversy and invited criticism from many parties, including the NC.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah slammed the government for approaching the Supreme Court, saying the state legislature was free to scrap the provision in the Ranbir Penal Code prohibiting bovine slaughter.