PANJIM: Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik came out strongly in support of the alleged terror-supporting organisation Sanatan Sanstha, stating that the organisation was doing very good social work in Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka and that there was no need to ban it.
“Just because a couple of seekers or members are bad, the entire organisation cannot be called bad,” he is reported to have told a local Goan Tv channel.
The Ponda-based Sanatan Sanstha had claimed that it has got the backing of Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik against the move by certain activists to ban the organisation, reports the Herald, a local Goan publication.
“Sanatan Sanstha should ignore its opponents and carry on its mission. Those opposing Sanatan cannot cause any harm to it,” Sanatan State convener Dr Manoj Solanki quoted Naik as saying, reported the Herald.
Solanki in a press release said the Sanatan seekers recently met Naik at his Goa residence to submit a memorandum against the probable ban on Sanatan Sanstha.
“At this time, Naik expressed his above opinion,” he said, adding that Pramod Nanoskar and Raj Borkar handed over the memorandum on behalf of Sanatan Sanstha. Likewise, a similar memorandum was presented to Speaker Dr Pramod Sawant, he said.
“This memorandum states that Sanatan Sanstha and its seekers are striving selflessly for more than past two decades to spread and propagate Hindu dharma to create awareness regarding spirituality, spiritual practice, culture and the Nation, in the society. Gau-rakshak from Nalla Sopara, Maharashtra, Vaibhav Raut was arrested by the ATS on April 9th night,” Solanki said.
He added that out of those arrested, none are Sanatan seekers, yet shallow, baseless demands for a ban on Sanatan Sanstha are being made. “It is wrong and unfair to demand a ban on Sanatan,” he said.
Several far-right organisations have protested against the call to ban the Sanatan Sanstha and morchas and processions were held in different parts of Goa and Maharashtra condemning those calling for the ban.