For the first time in the history of Valentine's Day celebrations in Bhopal, right-wing outfits in the city may scale down their trademark protests, with some organisations hinting that they would adopt peaceful means to register their contempt for the V-Day festivities.
While Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has rubbished the rumours that it would force couples, caught celebrating the day in public, to tie the knot on the spot, other Hindu-hardline outfits like Bajrang Dal and Sanskriti Bachao Manch are yet to decide on the course of action.
Members of these outfits will hold meetings in the next few days to decide on a strategy to restrain the couples from celebrating the V-Day.
VHP Central India spokesperson Devendra Rawat said: "Valentine's Day is a part of the western culture and we will definitely not allow it in our state. We have started making youngsters aware about this. This celebration is to mislead the younger generation."
He said though the VHP would not harass the couples on the roads, it would support those against it.
Another VHP leader Ambrish Singh said: "We appeal to the youngsters to not celebrate Valentine's Day. Love should not be celebrated on a particular day, but throughout the year."
He further said the VHP did not have plans to force the couples to get married. "If such incidents happen in the state, we must not be linked with it," he added.
Meanwhile, other Hindu organisations like Sanskriti Bachao Manch and Bajrang Dal are busy drawing up their plans for the day. Chandrashekhar Tiwari, convener of Sanskriti Bachao Manch, said members would meet on Wednesday to decide if the protest would be aggressive or peaceful.