Responding to RSS' attack on the party's "inconsitency" on Hindutva, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday said he will remain wedded to the core ideology for all times to come.
"I want to put this bluntly that I still abide by the ideology of Hindutva which I have followed ever since I commenced my political career. And I will remain wedded to it for all times to come," Singh told reporters in Ghaziabad.
The BJP chief was responding to a question about RSS ideologue MG Vaidya's remark in RSS' Marathi publication Tarun Bharat in which he (Vaidya) he charged the party with being inconsistent on Hindutva.
Earlier, criticising the BJP for its inconsistency in toeing the 'Hindutva' policy, senior RSS ideologue MG alias Baburao Vaidya on Sunday said the party should give up the policy as it has failed to attract the commoners.
Narrating history of formation of the then Jana Sangh which later converted into BJP, Vaidya, in his weekly column in local Marathi daily Tarun Bharat, said BJP had adopted Gandhian socialism but could not stop itself from being labeled as a communal party.
After the 1984 general elections drubbing, BJP once again started chanting 'Hindutva'. BJP came close to power but could not sustain its strength. Party leaders had no patience and almost forgot 'Hindutva' and its basic principles, the former RSS spokesperson alleged.
"The party came to power again (in 1999) but after losing it in 2004, it again turned towards 'Hindutva'. BJP mentioned 'Hindutva' in its election manifesto in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections but it miserably failed to attract the common voters and citizens in the country," Vaidya said.
The BJP has failed to convey the real meaning of 'Hindutva' to the people. Probably they thought not deemed to climb the pedestal of power with 'Hindutva' line. Hence, BJP should now disassociate itself with 'Hindutva' and if it does it would not have any impact on RSS, he said.
BJP would have ample opportunities to get a modern outlook, Vaidya added.
“If BJP gives up ‘Hindutva´, regional parties like Trinamool Congress, Biju Janata Dal, Telugu Desam Party will rush to it and internal bickering in the JD(U) will also finish,” he said.