The Rajasthan government has triggered a controversy as it directed sportspersons to give affidavits where they have stated that they have no associations with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) or Islamic organization Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, in order to qualify for the state government's sports awards, reports said on Saturday.
Pertinently, the RSS is the parent body of India´s main opposition Bharaiya Janata Party (BJP).
Speaking on the matter, Rajasthan sports minister Mangilal Garasiya said the government is only implementing the rule which has been there since 1986.
Garasiya told NDTV: "The BJP hardly gave money to sports people but we have increased the aid tenfold. We are giving sports people money; so obviously we have to follow rules when giving out money."
RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav crticised the move and called it an ´illegal order´.
"This is a blatantly illegal order. The government or the sports council has no right to ask sportspersons to sign any such affidavit because the organisations named there are neither banned nor involved in any wrongful activity," Madhav told NDTV.
He said: "We are also contemplating legal action against the sports council. Sports council is an autonomous body. It has no binding to follow illegal diktat of the government."