HAVING REALISED that the Ram Janmbhumi issue no more attracts attention of the Hindus, top leaders of the BJP and the RSS have decided to raise some other emotive issues concerning the majority community in the run-up to the assembly elections next year.
For instance, ‘atrocities’ on Hindus during Mulayam Singh Yadav’s rule, national security and terrorism besides appeasement of the minority community at the cost of Hindu interests. The RSS would, however, play an active role only from behind the curtain to make the coming BJP rallies a big success.
The BJP plans to take out ‘Rashtriya Sukarsha Sankalp March’ in Varanasi and Ayodhya on November 20 and November 21 and anti-terrorist rallies in different parts of the state soon.
Also, the Afzal Guru case, said the sources, was a potential issue to moblise public opinion and support in favour of the BJP as almost all other political parties had taken a soft stand on the death sentence.
To begin with, the organizing secretaries appointed by the Sangh Parivar held a meeting here on Saturday to chalk out their campaigning strategy and decided to concentrate on rural areas where the BJP was particularly weak. A senior BJP leader, however, told the Hindustan Times that past experience of ‘joint campaigning’ with the RSS had not been very successful and as such top BJP and RSS leaders had now decided to campaign separately but on a common agenda and programme.
The Sangh Parivar would help organize at least 40 public meetings in each of the 403 Vidhan Sabha constituencies of the state which would be addressed by BJP leaders, including stalwarts like LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Arun Jaitley and BJP national president Rajnath Singh. In addition to the BJP campaigning literature, the RSS would prepare its own booklets and pamphlets etc. highlighting failure of the UPA Government at the Centre and the Mulayam Government in the state.