Gorakhpur: Expressing surprise at the suggestion made by Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan that a referendum should be held in Kashmir, the RSS on Sunday said he is speaking the language of separatists.

RSS General Secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi said the Sangh Parivar can never agree to a referendum in Kashmir.

"Kashmir is an integral part of India. We cannot accept any such suggestion. The people of this country will never agree to it. This is the language and vocabulary of the separatists. It is very surprising that such language has been used by Bhushan," he said.
   
Bhushan was beaten up by some right-wing activists in his chamber in the Supreme Court last week after he advocated plebiscite in Kashmir.

Though RSS has criticised Bhushan's stand, it has condemned the violence against him. Joshi was speaking to reporters here after the three-day National Executive Meet of the RSS ended on Sunday.

Both the RSS and the BJP are in favour of abrogation of Article 370 which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The RSS also says its ultimate aim is to integrate PoK into India.

At the RSS conclave here, the 1994 Parliament resolution in this regard was emphasised.

Joshi also spoke on civil rights activist Anna Hazare and his Jan Lokpal movement.

"It is Anna who has called the support from RSS a conspiracy. He should be asked why he said so," Joshi said adding though no senior functionary of the RSS had met Hazare before his fast at Ramlila ground, the Sangh had expressed its support through a letter.

The Communal and Targeted Violence Bill was also discussed at the RSS conclave.

"The Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill, which has been prepared by the National Advisory
Council, will hurt the unity of the country. It is a Bill aimed at dividing the country into minority and majority.

"It treats even the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as a minority and so intends to divide the Hindu society as well. We do not want such legislation. It's not in the interest of the country, the society as a whole or even any section of the society," Joshi said.
   
A resolution on the growing threat to India from neighbouring countries, especially China, was also discussed and passed during the meet.

"China is building all kinds of infrastructure on its borders. We expect our government to make adequate infrastructure on our borders, be it in Leh-Ladakh, Kashmir or Arunachal Pradesh. We therefore, request the government to take appropriate steps in this direction," he said.

The RSS also plans to celebrate Swami Vivekanand's 150 birth anniversary in 2013 through several programmes across the country.

A discussion on pollution in the Ganga river was also held at the conclave. The RSS plans to launch several programmes in this regard.

(Agencies)