Kolkata: RSS working overtime to make VHP rally a success

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Dec 08, 2014 16:47 IST

Rashtriy a Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is leaving no stone unturned to make the Visva Hindu Parishad’s mega rally in Kolkata on December 30 a success. They plan to draw a crowd of lakhs at the rally.

Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat would appear on the dais for one of the his rare public gatherings in that rally, being organised by the VHP to celebrate 50th years of the outfit. Besides Bhagwat, VHP’s international working president Praveen Togadia and chief patron Ashok Singhal would address the gathering, making it a special rally where India’s top Hindutva ideologues would address the public.

“It’s not just the Sangh but all its affiliated outfits and sister concerns are keen on making gathering a huge one. A massive gathering would create a special impact in Bengal’s present political situation, which is highly polarised on the issues of infiltration and Islamic terrorism,” a Sangh leader told HT.

Among outfits that have started reaching out to the public seeking their participation in the rally are Akhil Bharat Vidyarthi Parishad, Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Hindu Jagran Manch and Vanbandhu Parishad.

According to RSS sources, Bhagwat, Togadia and Singhal are likely to raise the issues of infiltration from Bangladesh, ‘demographical change in the bordering districts’ and the threat India faces from the Islamic terrorists. Indian citizenship to Hindu refugees from Bangladesh is likely to be another agenda.

“We expect the leaders to step up the rhetoric against cow slaughter. They would surely reaffirm that building the Ram temple continues to be one of the key agendas of the Hindus,” said an RSS functionary.

During his recent visit to Kolkata to announce the rally, Togadia had said Bangladeshi Muslims should be identified and pushed back. Asked whether they would likely to help the government in identifying Bangladeshi Muslims, Togadia had said: “We want the government to do the job. You may guess what would be the result if we take up the task of identifying.”

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