The RSS said it was opposed to discrimination on the basis of language and demanded steps to check disturbances on the emotive issue

Taking the Shiv Sena and the MNS head-on, RSS on Sunday said that it has asked its volunteers to protect north Indians in Maharashtra and prevent spread of anti-Hindi feelings.

“The Sangh parivar has asked its volunteers in Maharashtra to try and prevent the spread of anti-north Indian and anti-Hindi feelings,” RSS leader Ram Madhav told reporters here.

He said the RSS was opposed to discrimination on the basis of language and demanded steps to check disturbances on the emotive issue.

“There should be no discrimination on the basis of language,” Mr. Madhav said, when asked about the agitations against Hindi-speaking people by Shiv Sena and Raj Thackeray-led MNS in Maharashtra.

Mr. Madhav, who was here to attend an RSS programme, said the Sangh was of strong view that India was one from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.

He said steps should be taken to check disturbances being caused over the language issue and people’s rights should be protected.