RSS opposes national flag, anthem: Rajasthan minister

Jaipur, Aug 20 (IANS) Rajasthan Minister Shanti Dhariwal on Tuesday alleged that RSS has been a strong opponent of both the national flag as well as the national anthem.

His remarks came at a programme organised to celebrate late former Prime Minister and Congress chief's Rajiv Gandhi'S 75th birth anniversary here. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot were also present on the occasion.

Seeking to bolster his claims, Dhariwal cited an instance from the freedom struggle, saying that when Mahatma Gandhi gave a call to hoist national flag everywhere on January 26, 1930, the RSS members hoisted saffron flag on their shakhas.

He also claimed that the RSS workers also oppose the national anthem as they believe that it doesn't generate that intensity of patriotism in people.

Dhariwal also said that even Rajiv Gandhi did not like the ideology of RSS.

--IANS

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