Days after BJP Chief JP Nadda stated that the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act will be implemented soon across the country Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Chief Mohan Bhagwat has assured the nation that the CAA doesn't oppose any particular religious community.

Participating in the annual Dussehra function at RSS headquarters in Nagpur, Bhagwat said: "Many noteworthy incidents such as abrogation of Article 370 following due parliamentary procedures, Bhoomipujan for grand Ram Mandir based on Supreme Court's unambiguous judgment and the lawful passage of CAA took place during the last year."

"CAA does not oppose any particular religious community But those who wanted to oppose this new law misled our Muslim brothers by propagating a false notion that it was aimed at restricting the Muslim population," he said, adding that using CAA, "Opportunists unleashed organised violence in the name of protests. Even before something could be thought out, Corona crept in. In the background, the efforts by rioters and opportunists to reignite the conflict still continue."

'India stood strongly against Covid-19'

Saluting volunteers, medical practitioners, municipality workers and all other "agents of service" from different sections of the society, the RSS chief said: "The society rose to face this challenge. People who were themselves under distress refused help and requested to give help to those they felt were in more need."

"India stood strong in the face of Coronavirus and dealt with the calamity effectively. Our governing and administrative agencies promptly sprung up in action cautioning citizens, creating emergency task forces and efficiently implemented control measures," he said.

"Safeguarding oneself from this pathogen for a longer time is essential. With the social life nearing normalcy, complying with the rules and motivating others to do the same is our moral responsibility," Bhagwat said, adding, "Within one week of lockdown, we noticed a marked difference in the quality of the air we breathe. Water bodies like rivers, springs and ponds cleared up and clean waters began flowing out."

'Attempts to disintegrate unacceptable'

The RSS chief warned China against mistaking India's benevolence for weakness.

Bhagwat said, "Our defence forces, government & the people remained unfazed and responded sharply to China's boisterous efforts to invade our territories. Rising above China economically & strategically, securing cooperative ties with our neighbours and at international relations is the only way to neutralise the expansionist aspirations of China and our present policies seem to be charting those very horizon."

"We intend to be friendly with all. This is our nature. But mistaking our benevolence for weakness and attempts to disintegrate or weaken us by sheer brute force is unacceptable. Our reckless detractors should know this by now," he added.