The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday clarified its position on reservation policy to douse political conflagration erupted as a result of a statement issued by its chief Mohan Bhagwat which incidentally threatened to derail mission Bihar campaign of the political party ideologically close to it — the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) — and exposed the Sangh to criticism from other political parties. The clarification, however, came attached with the justification with regard to the objective vis-à-vis achievements of the reservation policy. The RSS chief had earlier gone on record to say that reservation has for long been used as a political tool and suggested an apolitical committee be set up to decide who needs the facility and for how long.
Speaking on the sidelines of a three-day conclave at Ranchi, Sah Sarkaryavah of the RSS, Dattatreya Hosabale said, "Constitutionally provided reservation should continue. For RSS it is an article of faith and RSS also says that reservation should be implemented completely and steps should also be taken to ensure that it is not politicised."
The RSS family is meeting here for the executive body meet to discuss various proposals and frame policies for the organisation. The three-day meet started on Friday and will culminate till November 1. The conclave was inaugurated by Sangh chief Mohan Bhagat. Hosabale condemned counter statements issued by various political leaders and rubbished the remarks as an attempt to twist the statement to give it a different meaning. The Sangh also opposed religion-based reservation on the ground of missing consensus even among the makers of the Constitution.