BJP plays ‘political game by funding’ Ram Mandir rally in Guwahati
GUWAHATI: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is organising a Jana Jagaran Sabha coming Sunday (25th November) across the country and around 5,000 members will organise a rally in Guwahati to apprise the Jana (public) about the importance and need of constructing a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. But the political gimmick behind the rally is that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is “funding” the rally to woo the Hindu voters as the country is virtually on the cusp of polls in many states and also nationally.
A former VHP leader talking to G Plus under condition of anonymity said, “The rally is being funded by the BJP-led government as the party knows that many Hindu voters are irked with it for not taking any initiative to construct the Ram Mandir.” The source added that the rally is being conducted to woo the Hindu voters across the country ahead of the assembly elections in some states and the upcoming Lok Sabha elections with mutual understanding between the VHP and BJP as both are units of the Sangh Parivar. “BJP is just playing a political game,” said the leader.
On being probed if BJP is funding the rally, the Northeast President of VHP, Dr Munindra Mohan Deka, talking to G Plus said, “Not at all, it is the rich members of VHP who are funding the rally.” He said that it is not exactly a rally but a meeting which will be organised at SB Deorah College field where 5,000 members will participate along with national VHP leader Surendra Jain.
Interestingly, the VHP has not organised any such rally over the last five years that the BJP has been in power in the centre and two years in the state. Because of the Ram Mandir issue many Bajrang Dal and VHP members had earlier resigned and joined Praveen Togadia’s new Hindu organisation Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP) which has, many a time, taken out huge rallies against BJP for not constructing the Ram Mandir. Many Hindu voters remain irked with the BJP for having so far failed to construct the temple as it was one of the major promises in the BJP’s manifesto before the Lok Sabha elections of 2014.
The former VHP member said, “BJP, in association with VHP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is trying to create an environment where they want to disseminate the message that they still stand with the main Hindu ideology and want to construct the Ram Mandir.”
Earlier in October, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that the government should pass a law to authorise the building of a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya rather than “test the patience of the society,” while endorsing the government led by Narendra Modi.
Bhagwat made the remarks, aimed at the next general election, at the annual Vijaya Dashami event of the RSS in Nagpur to mark the 93rd foundation day of the Hindu organization.
Northeast President of VHP, Dr Munindra Mohan Deka, on the other hand denied any such association and said it will be just a meeting conducted by VHP. He however failed to answer the question as to why VHP had not organised any such rally over the last five years and what was the significance of having the rally at this crucial juncture.
AHP to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls against BJP
Pravin Togadia’s Hindu organisation Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP) will announce its political party in January 2019 and will contest the Lok Sabha elections against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
A source in AHP said, “The grass root level preparations for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 is ongoing in full swing and a political party will be officially announced in January in New Delhi.” He further said that candidates will be fielded against BJP across the country including Guwahati and the rest of Assam.
The source revealed that the symbol of the political party has already been selected. It’s just that the official work for the registration of the political party is taking time as the BJP-led government is creating obstacles in the official work for the permission.
Talking about Guwahati and Assam, the source said that many Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and BJP members have approached the AHP leadership showing interest in joining the political party as they are unhappy with the BJP government.
“Some sitting members of parliament and members of legislative assembly will also join AHP’s new political party.
Earlier, G Plus had already reported that many Bajrang Dal and VHP members had resigned and joined the AHP and its membership is increasing day by day.
AHP’s youth wing, Rashtriya Chatra Parishad, had already contested in college elections in Assam and won in some colleges in Dibrugarh, Nalbari and Kamrup districts.