Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-inspired Bharat Raksha Manch (BRM) held its third convention in Nagpur in Maharashtra and sought the holding of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise nationwide as well as identification of illegal immigrants.
The three-day convention concluded at Reshimbagh here on September 25 and it was attended by over 850 BRM functionaries.
“We want implementation of NRC nationwide, free places of worship from the control of the government, bring amendments to Places of Worship Act, implementation of Uniform Civil Code, abolition of facilities to minorities and introduction of Population Control Act,” said by general secretary of BRM Prashant Kotwal to agencies
He said the NRC was essential in view of what he claimed was rampant infiltration from Bangladesh, adding that vote-bank politics was creating hurdles in solving this problem.
“We have been working on this issue since 2010 and want the NRC exercise to be held in all states of the country. Infiltrators must be identified and deported. On humanitarian grounds, they can be given work permits as they come here looking for livelihood,” Kotwal said.
He said the Population Control Act must be introduced as the growth rate of Muslims was higher than that of Hindus, and this was creating an imbalance. High population growth was also leading to people not getting education and other basic facilities, Kotwal claimed.
Temples and mutts must be managed by functionaries of these places of worship rather than the government, just like churches and mosques have been doing so, he said. “For this, the Places of Worship Act should be amended. We also need the introduction of the Uniform Civil Code,” he said.
The BRM general secretary called for ban on organisations like the Tablighi Jamaat and the Popular Front of India. On a query on one of the speakers at the convention talking about forming a “Hindu Army”, Kotwal said these are personal opinions of some persons, adding that the BRM believes in achieving its objectives within the Constitution of India.