MP elections: Cong says no RSS shakhas in govt buildings but manifesto heavy in Hindutva content

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 11, 2018, 10.10 AM (IST)

The Congress has said in its election manifesto that, should it come to power in Madhya Pradesh, RSS shakhas will not be allowed to be held in government buildings and on the premises. 

It added that the earlier order allowing government employees to attend RSS shakhas would also be rescinded. 

The manifesto was released Saturday in the presence of state Congress president Kamal Nath, state campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia, and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh.

But the manifesto, while frowning on RSS shakhas, is heavy in Hindutva content. 

The manifesto promises an "adhyatmik vibhag" (spiritual department) in the state, plans to promote the Sanskrit language, it speaks of developing the "Ram path" — a mythical route taken by Lord Ram during his 14-year exile — and the commercial production of "gaumutra" (cow urine) and "kanda" (cow dung cakes).

As the Congress had promised, the manifesto talks of setting up "gaushalas" (cowsheds) in every village panchayat and making arrangements for the upkeep of injured cows.

The manifesto also lists out a host of measures for the conservation of the Narmada river which is considered holy by the Hindus. 

Madhya Pradesh goes to the polls on November 28. The results will be out on December 11. 

The BJP has been in power in MP for the last 15 years. 

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The Congress added that should it come to power, government employees would not be allowed to attend RSS shakhas but otherwise, the Congress' manifesto is heavy in Hindutva content.