Opposition Parties Slam RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat For Calling Hindus Lions And Others 'Wild Dogs'

| September 9 , 2018 , 10:20 IST

Several Opposition parties have slammed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's statement comparing Hindus to lions and others to 'wild dogs' while BJP general secretary Ram Madhav defended the statement, media reported on Sunday.

At the second World Hindu Congress in US's Chicago, Bhagwat said that Hindus had no aspirations of dominance and the community would prosper only if it worked as a society, adding, "If a lion is alone, wild dogs can invade and destroy the lion. We must not forget that."

In the aftermath of Bhagwat's remark, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the RSS was demeaning others.

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"The RSS is trying to demean people by calling others dogs and assuming themselves as the tiger," Owaisi said.

Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar claimed that the "dog" reference was for the "Opposition parties" and not for people of other religions.

"I condemn this 'mansikta' (mentality) of Mohan Bhagwat that he has referred to Opposition parties in the country as dogs," the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh leader said.

From Maharashtra, the Opposition Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) also condemned the RSS and alleged that its ideology "anti-Hindu".

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Congress leader Sachin Sawant said, "RSS ideology is anti-Hindu. It is known for hatred towards other castes and religions. It is shameful of the RSS chief to describe any religion in this way."

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said, "The ideology of RSS and BJP is anti-Hindu and they only know how to do caste politics."

"The day they stop dividing Hindus on the basis of caste, every Hindu and people from other religions as well will be lions," Malik added.

Meanwhile, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav defended Bhagwat saying that the RSS chief always spoke for the welfare of the Hindu society and the country.