India's ruling Party BJP leader: Let RSS men carry arms
( file PICTURE).Former Karnataka minister and senior BJP leader S Suresh Kumar on Monday said RSS workers should be allowed to arm themselves....BENGALURU: Former Karnataka minister and senior BJP leader S Suresh Kumar on Monday said RSS workers should be allowed to arm themselves.Addressing a protest in Shivajina gar against the murder of RSS worker Rudresh R by two motorcycle-borne men, Suresh Kumar said if police are unable to provide protection to RSS workers, they should be allowed to carry weapons.
"The murders of Kuttappa, Praveen Poojari, Raju and Rudresh (all RSS wor kers) make it clear that police are not able to protect them.
We have asked the police commissioner to give us weapon licences if they can't protect our workers," he elaborated later when asked to explain his remark. "We are not victims. We are warriors. We know how to protect ourselves," Suresh Kumar said.
However, the RSS and other senior BJP leaders didn't back his statement.
The former law minister said the government and police have time and again failed to protect RSS workers and the organization is being repeatedly targeted. He claimed state police are under political pressure to not act against the culprits. Senior BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje, who addressed the protest, alleged the killings are part of a conspiracy.Earlier, the former minister told the protesters a trend similar to that in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, where several RSS workers have been killed, is emerging in Karnataka. He demanded police to take measures to ensure Karnataka doesn't become another Kerala.
Distancing itself from Suresh Kumar's statement, sources in the RSS said they have confidence in police and the judiciary, and will continue to stage peaceful protests to get justice in the Rudresh murder case.
Asked about Suresh Kumar's statement on arming RSS workers, former home minister R Ashoka and Lok Sabha member PC Mohan said that was their colleague's personal opinion. The issue was neither discussed in party meetings nor is it the party's stand, they added