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RSS outreach to Nagas, but no commitment on AFSPA withdrawal

Nagaland News

Our Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 16: In the midst of the heightened row over the Oting violence and the demand for repeal of AFSPA, senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Thursday made an outreach approach and joined in a pre-Christmas function, organised in Nagaland House, 29 APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi.
However, there was no commitment on withdrawal of AFSPA. Delivering a pre-Christmas function speech, he skipped reference to recent violence in Mon and later talking to Reporters said, Army deployment was relaxed in Kashmir after peace prevailed and Article 370 was withdrawn.
“Armed forces have always played constructive role for peace and harmony in this country. The forces deployment was there in Kashmir too, but once situation improved after withdrawal of Article 370, now even the routine foot marches by forces have come down”.
He said all attempts should be made so that there is peace and no law and order or communal disturbance.
The function was organised by Bharatiya Christian Manch and was attended among others by Union Power Minister RK Singh, BJP leaders Tom Vadakkam, Chuba Ao and members of the diplomatic corps.
Delegates included countries such as the United States, Russia, Korea and Syria.
There was a brief cultural programme and a cake cutting ceremony too.
In his speech, Indresh Kumar spoke about the Christmas spirit and said there is a need for peace and harmony.
Union Minister Singh, a former Home Secretary, also echoed similar line but both of them skirted any reference to the recent incidents of violence and the controversies.
Singh said the message of Christianity is “love, peace and tolerance”.
The Minister said he had education in Christian institutions both at school and college levels.