New Hindu party to be announced on 9 Feb
While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is busy playing the Hindutva card with the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 et al, a large cluster of Hindus in the country - including Guwahati and Assam - have united to form a new political party which is set to contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
After quitting the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Hindu right-wing leader Pravin Togadia formed a new Hindu organisation - Antrarashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP), and now the organisation is set to announce its political party on February 9 in New Delhi.
A senior Guwahati-based leader of AHP, talking to G Plus under condition of anonymity said, “The new Hindu political party will field candidates across the country against the BJP; the political party will be announced in Delhi on February 9.”
The leader said that Togadia’s party, under no circumstances, will ever ally with the BJP as, according to him, BJP has totally neglected its main promise of the Ram Mandir nirmaan (construction) at Ayodhya.
The AHP is at present undertaking a major recruitment drive and aims for what it terms as “1 booth, 25 youth.” The leader said, “5 lakh people have already joined AHP in Assam and around 30,000 in Guwahati.” All the members will work for the political party which will be announced on 9th February 2019.
Just as the AHP is boosting the number of members in Assam, many members are continuing to join the party across India.
During the recently conducted panchayat polls in Assam, many AHP members contested as independent candidates because they were not part of any registered political party. The AHP source said, “Many won the elections and some lost by very small margins.”
The AHP is also in talks with many dissenting BJP leaders in the country including Assam. “Many BJP leaders will join AHP’s political party after February 9,” the source revealed.