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Alleged Bajrang Dal workers storm into Congress office in Jabalpur indulging in vandalism

IndiaAlleged Bajrang Dal workers storm into Congress office in Jabalpur indulging in vandalism

Bajrang Dal workers storm into Congress office in Jabalpur indulging in vandalism as Congress promised to ban the outfit if they come to power.

The Congress manifesto in Karnataka promising to ban the Bajrang Dal has caused a commotion. Nonetheless, the outfit has been banned before, and calls to ban it have been made several times, not always by Congress.  The alleged Bajrang Dal activists on Thursday sabotaged the Congress office in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur city during a protest against the party’s poll promise in Karnataka to act against the right-wing outfit.

Videos showing men wearing saffron stoles and waving saffron flags barging into the Congress office went viral. A Bajrang Dal leader, however, claimed they held a peaceful protest in front of the Congress office in Baldeo Bagh area but those who ransacked the office were Congress’s own men who had covered their faces.

The Congress in its manifesto for the next week’s Karnataka polls, released on Tuesday, promised to take action as per law, including imposing a ban, on organizations like the Bajrang Dal and PFI `which spread hatred’.

The city unit of the Bajrang Dal had said a day before that it would stage a protest at the Congress office. After protesting for 30 minutes in front of the office with no police presence, the Bajrang Dal activists barged inside the office and pillaged it, Congress leaders alleged.

MP Congress working committee member Dinesh Yadav said a “pack of wolves” sometimes attacks a “tiger” but it does not take away from the tiger’s importance.

Routes to avoid during PM’s mega roadshow Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement during a campaign rally in Karnataka that the Congress had decided to “lock up Lord Hanuman,” Yadav said those who agree with Modi should worship Bajrang Dal men instead of going to temples.

Campaigning for the Karnataka Assembly elections Wednesday (May 3), Prime Minister Narendra Modi chanted ‘Jai Bajrang Bali’ at all the three public meetings he addressed, in what is being seen as a counter to the Congress vowing to ban the right-wing outfit Bajrang Dal in its election manifesto.

PM must apologize to millions of devotees of Lord Hanuman across the world. How dare he compare the Bajrang Dal of Dhruv Saxena-ISI fame with Bajrang Bali – the protector.

“They are defaming our Sanatam Dharma. The BJP does this whenever elections are around the corner,” the Congress leader said.

Bajrang Dal leader Sumit Singh Thakur said they protested in front of the Congress office “after it equated a Hindu organization that works for welfare, security and culture promotion with PFI, a jehadi organization.”

“If the Congress wants to drag us in politics in MP, we are going to give it a reply in its own way,” he said. But Thakur denied that Bajrang Dal activists indulged in vandalism. “They were Congress workers…

They entered our group and after covering their faces indulged in vandalism,” he claimed. Local Congress MLAs and leaders later visited the Kotwali police station demanding action against the culprits. Superintendent of Police T K Vidyarthi could not be contacted despite repeated calls to know if any case had been registered.

Who is the Bajrang Dal?

The Bajrang Dal is a Hindu nationalist militant organization that forms the youth wing of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). It is a member of the right-wing Sangh Parivar. The principles of the organization are based on Hindutva, which is the Hindu way of life.

It was founded on 1 October 1984 in Uttar Pradesh and its influence grew 2010s throughout India, although its most important base remains the northern and central portions of the country.

The US State Department‘s 2000 report on international religious freedom and 2000 World Report by the Human Rights Watch labeled this the Bajrang Dal as a Hindu extremist group.  The US Central Intelligence Agency classified the Bajrang Dal and the VHP as religious militant organizations in the “India” entry of The World Factbook on 4 June 2018,[90][91] but removed the mentions of the Bajrang Dal and the VHP from the entry by 25 June 2018.[92]

The group has also been called “terrorist”, with Torkel Brekke referring to it as the “best known among the terrorist groups controlled by the RSS”.   Paul Brass described the Bajrang Dal as the Indian equivalent of Nazi Germany‘s Sturmabteilung.

Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has called Bajrang Dal an embarrassment to the BJP and urged Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to “rein them in”.  After the religious violence in Odisha, the Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial candidate L. K. Advani urged the Bajrang Dal to cease association with violence, concerned with the fact that it took the pressure off the UPA government in Delhi.

Reference to the Wikipedia

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