RSS suspends Bengaluru meeting of top policy-making body

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Saturday said it has cancelled its annual meet of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) in the view of novel coronavirus pandemic. 

The three-day meeting of RSS’s highest decision-making body was scheduled to be held in Janaseva Vidya Kendra in Channanahalli in Bengaluru starting March 15. 

In a statement, RSS general secretary Suresh ‘Bhayyaji’ Joshi said the decision was taken in the light of instructions and advisories issued by the Centre and the state government. 

“In view of the seriousness of the pandemic COVID-19 and in the light of instructions and advisories thereof issued by the Union and State Govts, the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) meeting scheduled in Bangaluru has been suspended,” Joshi said. 

All swayamsevaks should cooperate with the administrations to create awareness among public and to face this challenge successfully, he added. 

The event in Bengaluru was expected to see the participation of around 1,500 RSS functionaries. 

The decision was taken at a meeting on Friday in view of the coronavirus outbreak, an RSS functionary was quoted as saying by PTI.

“This year, around 1,500 RSS functionaries were supposed to take part in the meeting. They had already started gathering at the programme venue in Bengaluru. But now, they have been told about the postponement of the programme,” he added.