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The News Minute | October 3, 2014 | 12.37 pm IST Public broadcaster Doordarshan’s live telecast of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s annual Dussera speech has prompted Congress leaders to ask if this would be an annual feature like the prime minister’s speech.  The Congress reacted sharply to news of the telecast, asking if it would be an annual affair. Party spokesperson Sanjay Jha said that it vindicates the Congress’ stand that a vote for the BJP is a vote for the RSS. National spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi criticised the development in a series of tweets: Mohan B wl speak to nation every yr, like President, VP, PM, other ctal/stat post holders cos he is NOTA bt more powerful than all 2 gether! — Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) October 3, 2014 Imagine UK govt telling BBC 2 ensure Mandatory coverage of Conservative party President's annual address: BBC wld have told them 2 buzz off — Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) October 3, 2014 1st time since 1947,Mohan B speech live & officially telecast tho not PM, not in govt, not on ctal/stat post bt most imp remote holder. — Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) October 3, 2014 Singhvi also claimed that certain laws were violated: Huge violation of ctal/stat norms:misusing official broadcaster to mandatorily cover RSS head with no official locus;taste of times 2 come. — Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) October 3, 2014 The RSS reacted to criticism, saying that there was nothing wrong in Doordarshan covering the speech as even private channels had covered the event. The RSS tweeted: More than 10 private chnls covered #RSSVijayadashmi live, it shows ppls interest in knowing what RSS speaks on Vijaydashmi. — RSS (@RSSorg) October 3, 2014 if ppl aspire to know what RSS speaks on Vijayadashmi, it is quite natural for any channel to cover it, so DD too covered #RSSVijayadashmi — RSS (@RSSorg) October 3, 2014 The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat Friday patted the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying in the past six months it "is moving in the right direction". In his customary Dussehra rally at the RSS headquarters here, Bhagwat said: "It is only six months but positive signs are already emanating." Continuing the tradition of the annual Vijaya Dashmi celebrations since 1925, which has entered the 90th year, Bhagwat said: "It (the central government) is moving in the right direction, but we will have to give them time... with a sense of hope and faith. Nobody has a magic wand by which all problems of many years will disappear." He said a few months ago, the people brought about a drastic change in the government. "It appears that the peoples' desire of a life, security and to progress will soon start reflecting in the governance. Fortunately, we can see today a set of leadership which appears keen to give practical shape to the values... for the welfare of the nation. "Some policy initiatives by the centre on the fronts of economy, national security, international relations and other areas have raised good hopes... They should now ensure these maintain momentum in a determined and systematic manner," Bhagwat said. Top RSS functioneries like Manmohan Vaidya, Jagadish Prasad, Rashtra Sevika Samiti (women's wing) chief V. Shanta Kumari, Pramila Tai attended the victory rally preceded by a demonstration at the Reshimbagh Maidan here. Bhagwat took the occasion to congratulate Indian scientists for the successful Mars Orbiter Mission and the athletes who brought pride by winning medals in the ongoing Asian Games in South Korea.With IANS
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