RSS General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi.
RSS General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi.Flickr

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) does not want to create problems for the Modi government by raking up the issue of Ram temple in Ayodhya now, especially when the matter is in the Supreme Court. 

"There is no point in taking any movement in this connection immediately. We have to honour the judiciary," its general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi told reporters in Nagpur on Sunday, after the conclusion of the three-day meeting of its top decision-making body, Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha.

He added the RSS would wait for the apex court's verdict on the matter.

"We have not abandoned the issue of Ram temple. After the verdict of the High Court which went in favour of Hindus, the matter is pending before the Supreme Court. The pace of proceedings in the Supreme Court is slow and that should be speeded up," he said, according to Deccan Chronicle.

Joshi also sought to differentiate between services rendered by its various wings and Christian missionaries in tribal areas. 

"The primary purpose of the RSS volunteers working in tribal areas is to create awareness among the locals and bring about a qualitative change in their lives."

Joshi, who was re-elected for a third term, also spoke about the organisation's expansion plans.

"Over the last three years, we have been able to reach 55,000 villages. We have 6.5 lakh villages in the country. Our endeavour would be to try and reach them all."