The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and a member of the Hindu nationalist outfit Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) have been asked to vacate their offices in New Delhi.
The posts, which have drawn strong criticism, include the comment that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “slanderously” written to Hindu Rashtriya Sena’s (HSS) chairman, Anupam Kher.
Kher has previously called Modi a “parasite” who has been “bravely pursuing a policy of genocide”.
The posts were allegedly made by the RSS worker, identified as Shashi Tharoor, a member in the RSS-affiliated organisation, on his Facebook page, but have been challenged by the BJP, which said it would lodge an FIR against the man.
On Tuesday, the BJP accused the RSS of “attempting to incite communal strife and spreading sedition”.
The party said Tharouar’s posts were “not in line with the Hindu ethos”, and asked the RSS to take “appropriate action against him”.
“In the event that he continues to propagate these kind of comments, he will be arrested and his posts deleted from Facebook,” said BJP spokesman Anand Sharma.
“We have a right to defend ourselves from such threats, and to protect our citizens from the malicious use of social media.
The RSS has a responsibility to uphold and defend its principles.”
According to the Hindustan Times, Tharoon’s Facebook page was deleted after the BJP filed a complaint.
A Hindustani newspaper, the Bharatnatak Sangharsh Samiti (BSS), on Wednesday accused Tharous of “inciting communal strife” and of “insulting the Hindu sentiments”.
“He is a member or even a leader of the RSS,” the newspaper quoted Suresh Bhagwati, editor of the paper, as saying.
“The RSS has no right to comment on the content of any social media platform.
It has no authority to censor social media or even the internet.
It is not the RSS, but a government agency that can take action against those who incite communal tensions and spread sedition.
It can only take action after a formal complaint is filed against the individual.”