The SP and the RJD have broken the “basic conditions” on which they were registered as political parties by not taking action against their leaders for recent comments against the “Ramcharitmanas,” the VHP said on Thursday.
In a statement, the group Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) said that Working President Alok Kumar had asked for a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar to bring the issue to his attention and ask him to deregister the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
“Swami Prasad Maurya of SP’s recent comments about the ‘Ramcharitmanas’ and the burning of its pages are intentional and malicious attempts to hurt the religious feelings of a large number of Indians,” Kumar said.
He said that the fact that the SP quickly promoted Maurya to general secretary after he spoke “proves” that his party agreed with what he said.
“In the same way, RJD leader Chadrashekhar said hurtful things about the Ramcharitmanas and other holy books on purpose to make Hindu society angry, distrustful, and split up,” Kumar said in the statement.
Chandrashekhar said that the fact that the RJD hasn’t taken any action against him “proves” that the party didn’t agree with what he said.
The working president of the VHP said that Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act of 1951 says that every registered political party must have a clause in their memorandum that says “the party shall bear true faith and allegiance, including to the principles of secularism and democracy.”
“Both the SP and the RJD have broken the basic rules under which they were registered and are now at risk of having their registrations revoked,” he said. “The VHP wants to bring Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, to the attention of the CEC.” When Bihar’s Education Minister Chandrashekhar said some things about the “Ramcharitmanas” earlier this month, it caused a huge political fight.
While the minister’s comments were still being talked about, SP leader Maurya said on January 22 that some parts of the “Ramcharitmanas” insult a large part of society based on caste and should be “banned.”
The Uttar Pradesh Police filed a FIR against the SP leader on January 24 because of what Maurya said. On Sunday, members of a group called Akhil Bharatiya OBC Mahasabha burned copies of some pages from the “Ramcharitmanas.”
On Monday, the Uttar Pradesh Police said that the FIR for what happened on Sunday named 10 people, including Maurya.