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Sangh wants gutsy daughter home

india Updated: Nov 06, 2006 14:00 IST

The Sangh is pining for its prodigal daughter — Uma Bharati, who is busy espousing her own brand of Hindutva. And with elan.

Unhappy over a showdown between the BJP and its former leader Uma Bharati during the recent Vidisha and Bada Malehra by-elections in Madhya Pradesh, the RSS believes both patch up to consolidate the “Hindu Sangh”.

In its editorial, RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya insisted that votes secured by both of them in the elections were “saffron votes”— painted with the brush and sentiment.

The Sangh organ, which welcomed the BJP’s victory in the bypoll, however, maintained that the “saffron versus saffron” tussle was painful.

“Who can derive comfort from the saffron versus saffron scene? For whom was this violence, expletives, and cutting into each others’ votes? Should Hindus living in this country see this saffron versus saffron (fight)?” the editorial asked.
It should be an occasion to celebrate when the “military unity of the Hindu Sangh” becomes “one” against “Gazni (an apparent reference to the Congress)”, the editorial said.

“Till when will the Hindu society keep fighting among themselves and continue to engineer splits?” it added. The editorial, however, praised Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for his leadership skill. Despite senior BJP leader L.K. Advani’s apparent reservations over the induction of more RSS pracharaks into the party, the Sangh is expected to strengthen its grip on it in the days to come. With party chief Rajnath Singh’s re-election appearing certain, the new
pracharaks are likely to get key roles in the saffron party.

“There will be no repeat telecast of what has happened in the party over the past years. These pracharaks can be given charge of states or other important responsibility as the party has to do a lot on the ideological front,” a party source said. Advani, who entered into a row last year with the RSS over his comments on Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was upset at the induction of three more pracharaks.