BJP won’t succumb to RSS pressure on Ram temple
‚The saffron party is under pressure from RSS and other Hindutva quarters to move swiftly on construction of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.’
‚But strangely, the BJP does not seem inordinately anxious over Ayodhya,’ reports Radhika Ramaseshan.
IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the cremation of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in https://www.canadagooseonlineshop.co.uk New Delhi. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
Like his predecessors, the current Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ‚sarsanghachalak’, Mohanrao Bhagwat, speaks in ellipsis and often cites paradoxes, which open his statements to multiple interpretations.
However, over the past two months, on different occasions, Bhagwat unreservedly articulated the RSS stance on the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, implying that it was up to the Centre and the Bharatiya Janata Party to get the message and act, and not simply react.
The clearest enunciation was contained in his annual Vijayadashami address of October 18.
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Warning that it was in ‚nobody’s interest to test the patience of society without any reason’, Bhagwat asked the Centre to ‚clear the path for construction of the grand temple through an appropriate and requisite law’.
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„The VHP is an arm of the Sangh but it tweaked its approach on Ayodhya by allowing sadhus and sants to spearhead the ongoing phase buy canada goose uk of the movement. The clergy is under nobody control. They say what they wish to and would have embarrassed the RSS,” he said.
The changed tactic was chalked up to the long drawn conflict between former VHP leader Pravin Togadia and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (who were once close associates in Gujarat).
Bhagwat seemed tilted towards canada goose outlet vip Modi. Last April, a Sangh nominee, V S Kokje, replaced Togadia as VHP international working president.
He (Togadia) quit in pique, floated a separate outfit and persistently challenged the RSS’ and the VHP credentials to champion Hindutva.
The RSS and the VHP so far have maintained that their advocacy for the Ram temple was unrelated to elections and the BJP’s prospects.
cheap Canada Goose „Every year, there are elections but our demand is consistent. But we are worried because the BJP will have to start answering questions on Ayodhya,” said another Sangh functionary. cheap Canada Goose
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A Sangh insider said, „Look at the options. Out of court settlements were attempted by (P V Narasimha) Rao and (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee with weighty negotiators like the Kanchi swami, Jayendra Saraswati, but they failed.
„Court cases have been on since the British Raj but nothing came of them. The bald truth is: Courts can’t arbitrate a matter of faith of whether Rama was born there or not. At best, they can decide on the ownership of the 2.77 acres of disputed land.”
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He conceded it was ‚nearly impossible’ to pass such a Bill unless the Congress, ‚on a soft Hindutva jaunt’, came on board.
„Even if the Congress doesn’t, the BJP can make clear its intent like it did with triple talaq,” he added, underlining that making known its ‚intent’ was crucial to ‚reassure the BJP and the RSS cadre and the core constituents’.
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„It wrong to link it with elections and say our fate depends on building a temple. We adopted a resolution for the first time in June 1989 (at Palampur, in which the BJP asked the Rajiv Gandhi government to hand over Ram’s ‚birthplace’ to the Hindus through negotiated settlement or legislation) canada goose outlet store calgary but it took 30 years for us to get a majority.
„We lost four state governments because of Ayodhya, our workers were martyred but we finally compelled even Rahul Gandhi to wear a teeka on his forehead and call himself a ‚Shiva bhakt’. We integrated Hindutva with the mainstream,” he claimed.