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Go out and vote, appeals RSS chief

india Updated: Apr 09, 2009 00:50 IST
Shekhar Iyer
Shekhar Iyer
Hindustan Times
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The new Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief, Mohan Bhagwat, has brought along a new strategy for the elections. He has asked the RSS cadres to endorse the Election Commission’s call to ensure 100 per cent voting.

Though Bhagwat did not spell out any political objective, RSS general secretary Sangh functionaries said, “If RSS cadres get into the act and ensure good turnout of voters, it should benefit the BJP.” Hoping that the strategy translates into “more voters, more votes for BJP” philosophy, RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiya Joshi said, “The influence of the Hindu sentiment has to reflect in politics.”

By appealing to the people to come out and vote, Bhagwat has addressed BJP’s long-time grouse, whenever the party suffered reverses in poll, that the RSS doesn’t campaign enough.

In an interview in the RSS mouthpiece Organiser, Joshi said, “There is a need to build strong, effective and positive pressure of Hindu vote in political outcome. Hindus should not be discriminated against because they don’t assert politically.” Joshi added that politics today has become minority-centric and no political party thinks about Hindus. “We do not believe in the politics of Hindutva as Hindutva is not the subject matter of politics. It is above all politics.”