Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday ruled out banning right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha – a demand made by the Congress leaders of the state.
The Goa unit of the Congress had demanded a ban on Sanatan Sanstha, whose members are accused of killing Leftist leader Govind Pansare in Kolhapur in Maharashtra in February.
The right-wing Hindu organisation was allegedly involved in spreading hatred and dividing the country on religious lines and should be banned, Goa Congress spokesperson Durgadas Kamat said.
“Institutions like Sanatan Sanstha, spreading hatred and dividing the country on religious lines, should be banned not only in Goa, but also in the country. It is a testing time for the BJP that talks of secularism only during elections,” Kamat said.
Kamat’s statement comes in the wake of a similar demand by a BJP legislator considered close to the Goa chief minister. On Tuesday, Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from St. Andre constituency, Vishnu Wagh, demanded a ban on the Sanstha, headquartered in Ramnathi village, 35 km from Panaji.
“In a democracy, there is no scope for violence. All those who try to use bullets to threaten the voice of opposition are terrorists, because they try to frighten the opposition. It is evident from the killing of Govind Pansare and M.M. Kalburgi. The Sanatan Sanstha’s hand is evident in these cases,” alleged Wagh.
Wagh said if the Goa government could ban Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik from entering the state, a ban on Sanatan Sanstha was also warranted.