A calculated move to counter Uma Bharti?
THE SCHEDULED visit of newly appointed BJP president Rajnath Singh to Ayodhya on February 9, is a well-calculated move of the saffron brigade to counter growing influence of sacked party leader Uma Bharti.india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 01:17 IST
THE SCHEDULED visit of newly appointed BJP president Rajnath Singh to Ayodhya on February 9, is a well-calculated move of the saffron brigade to counter growing influence of sacked party leader Uma Bharti.
Singh is reaching here on February 8 and will leave for Ayodhya the very next day, ostensibly to pay obeisance to Ramlala at the Ram Janmbhumi Temple.
Singh, however, is going there not only to reiterate that the BJP has not dropped the temple and Hinduism from its agenda, to counter Uma factor and also to convey a message clear and loud to the RSS that he was all ready to follow and implement its directives, philosophy and principles.
The BJP leaders here, however, say that Singh has taken a cue from senior party leaders like Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, LK Advani and Kalyan Singh, who made it a point to visit Ayodhya soon after taking over charge as presidents of the party.
Senior BJP leaders of its fragmented State unit differ on the capability of Singh to pull out the organisation from its present crisis of ego clashes and other vital issues at the national level. They are unanimous that the Ayodhya visit is a shrewd move to serve many purposes.
The growing influence of Uma Bharti, who is all set to take out 90-day Janadesh Yatra after successful Ram-Roti Yatra, is causing concern to the BJP, mainly because of the tremendous response she got during the yatra. She did not miss an opportunity to accuse BJP leaders to drop vital issues of Hinduism, Janmbhumi, Common Civil Code and others, besides of course, ill-treatment meted out to her, a backward by the upper caste leaders in the party.
Efforts are on to convince Kalyan Singh to join Rajnath Singh in his Ayodhya visit to counter Uma Bharti’s backward game plan. This is said to be the reason that Rajnath Singh not only retained Kalyan Singh as the party’s vice-president in his team but also projected him as the BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate authorising him to lead the party in the coming Vidhan Sabha election.
The RSS roots and background of Rajnath Singh are well known and he has given enough indications to follow the RSS than others in the party, who are against the rigid attitude and philosophy of the Sangh Parivar.
First Published: Feb 03, 2006 01:17 IST