Just days after Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi equating RSS with the now banned SIMI, Union Minister of State for Coal Sriprakash Jaiswal on October 8 said the Centre can impose a ban on the Sangh only after receiving a proposal from the Uttar Pradesh government. LJP President Ram Vilas Paswan has also asked the UPA government to ban Sang Parivar outfits “if it seriously takes the comments of Rahul Gandhi” who described the RSS as a fundamentalist outfit like SIMI. “What type of message will the Centre send to the society if it still not decides to act against the outfits associated with ‘the killers of Mahatma Gandhi’ even after getting a signal from Rahulji?” he asked. The LJP president claimed that if the Centre did not take initiation to ban the Sangh Parivar outfits, a message will go to the masses that the Amethi MP had made observations in a damage control exercise to ward off the ramification of the Allahabad high court verdict on the disputed site at Ayodhya last month. He said the LJP has consistently demanded a ban on the RSS/VHP/Bajrang Dal over the years and had exhorted the Centre to take a decision on the right-wing organisations when it had decided to ban the SIMI for its alleged links with terror elements.