Hindutva agenda will not be dropped, asserts Rajnath
The Bharatiya Janata Party will not drop its Hindutva agenda at any cost, BJP president Rajnath Singh said in Lucknow today, adding there was no "need for making those factors public" that led to the "party's unsatisfactory performance" in the Lok Sabha elections.india Updated: Jul 26, 2009 21:44 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party will not drop its Hindutva agenda at any cost, BJP president Rajnath Singh said in Lucknow on Sunday, adding there was no "need for making those factors public" that led to the "party's unsatisfactory performance" in the Lok Sabha elections.
"We are determined to follow the Hindutva agenda. Come what may, we will not leave it. We are committed towards Hindutva. We will not compromise with Hindutava, even if we have to wait for five-10 more years to assume power," Singh said at the BJP's Uttar Pradesh working committee meeting.
"We started from the Hindutva ideology and will continue with it without any changes. We draw inspiration from Hindutva, which is not confined to any religion. It's a medium of spreading brotherhood across the country."
Without naming any political outfit, Singh said some parties are hell-bent on projecting Hindutva in a bad light. "The so-called intellectuals and secularists are giving a communal colour to Hindutva and are also working against the moral and traditional values of the country," he said.
"We want to make it clear that we cannot compromise with moral values that make our country popular across the globe. For the sake of preserving the country's vaules, we can even sacrifice power."
Admitting that the BJP's mandate had declined to an extent, Singh said: "It's time to introspect what went wrong. We are analysing the factors behind the unsatisfactory performance of the party, but that does not mean we start making those factors public."
"We need to take those factors into account and devise again the strategy for winning the confidence of people. If we consider the party's election results on all India basis, we find there is no need to feel dejected. We have emerged as the (main) opposition party and must utilise this opportunity to win confidence of the masses."
Taking a cue from the Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who had visited huts of poor people and also spent a night with a Dalit family, Singh said, "Now, I also feel our leaders and workers should also spend nights in villages and get involved in direct dialogue with the public."
Singh called upon the party workers to show a positive attitude, while drafting the action plan for expanding the party's base.
Referring to the results of the April-May Lok Sabha elections, he said, "The results clearly reflect the country's politics have become bi-polar. The BJP and Congress are the two options. There has been a drastic decline in the mandate of the Left parties and other regional outfits, including Samajwadi party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
"It's because these parties have lost their character and ideology."
Attacking the Congress-led central government, Singh said, "Misrule of the Congress has led to income disparity and social disparity. The terror threat looms large over the country due to the Congress' wrong foreign and security polices."
Without taking name of BJP MP Varun Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Singh said, "By selecting aggressive words, some politicians want to project how dynamic they are. By shunning political decency and courtesy, if any politician thinks he can attain great heights, he is wrong."
Singh alleged that the Congress party and the BSP were indulged in "politics meant to raise their TRP rating."
Referring to the arson attack on Joshi's residence here this month, Singh said, "The Congress is demanding a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) probe, blaming the BSP government for the attack. It's beyond understanding why the Congress, which is in power at the centre, cannot take action against the BSP government."
"If the Congress cannot protect its state unit chief's residence, how can one expect it can protect people and their rights?"
Singh called upon the party's state unit workers to gear up for state assembly elections, due by 2011, taking into account "the poor functioning and the misrule of the BSP government".