The right-wing group reasoned that the word & # 39; secular & # 39; in the preamble of the Constitution Hindus disadvantages under "the garment" of being secular.
"Of us is a very constitutional requirement." Under the robe of being secular, there is injustice against Hindus, "said Sanatan Sanstha spokesman Chetan Rajhans, during a press conference at the Marathi Patrakar Sangh on Monday.
He added that the Constitution does not define which aspect of India is secular – the country, the government or the people. Initially, the constitution did not have the word "secular", Rajhans said. It was added via the 42nd amendment in 1976 at the time of the Emergency by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who according to him was under pressure from several left and anti-Hindu groups.
"Hindus are at a disadvantage to the current constitution, there are commissions for minorities, there is no such thing for Hindus," added Rajhans.
Later in the day, however, Sanstha's demand was thwarted by Athawale, Union Minister of Social Justice, who is also a Dalit leader, reported news agency PTI. Athavale said that he was against the concept of a Hindu nation. The word & # 39; secular & # 39; has kept the country integrated, he added.
"Despite the demand from everyone, the word will forever remain in the constitution", he told reporters.
Athawale, head of the Republican Party of India (A), an ally of the NDA, demanded a good investigation of what he said, "serious allegations" against the Sanstha.
Yet the Minister of the Union said that a ban on the Goa-based Sanstha, as demanded by the Congress and other parties, would make little sense.
"Thoughts about a person can not be stopped by killing him, no one has to endorse violence, but those involved in violence must be severely approached," Athavale said, adding that the Narendra Modi government is a secular government.
"The Sab Ka Sath, Sab Ka Vikas & # 39; motto of the BJP is a secular thought," he added.
Earlier on Monday, the Sanstha denied all ties with the nine men who had recently been arrested in connection with the Nalasopara affair on weapons and the murders of the rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and journalist activist Gauri Lankesh.
Rajhans said that the Sansthan has a "spiritual, charitable trust." is whose name has in many cases even been dragged into the past.
"There is a requirement to ban us, but for what?" In no case, the research authorities have officially named an organization, we are approached by people for their political aspirations, "added Rajhans.
(With input from agencies)