Parivar unhappy with Bajrangis
SENIOR SANGH Parivar leaders, including those of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), are concerned over the recent actions of its offshoot Bajrang Dal, as these actions (like the one witnessed on New Year?s Eve) are affecting its public image.india Updated: Jan 03, 2006 14:06 IST
SENIOR SANGH Parivar leaders, including those of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), are concerned over the recent actions of its offshoot Bajrang Dal, as these actions (like the one witnessed on New Year’s Eve) are affecting its public image.
Though VHP City president Prem Baheti did not agree that the Bajrang Dal activists were wrong, he admitted that such incidents were affecting the organisation’s image. “We are actually a peace-loving organisation engaged in welfare work,” he said. He also admitted that there was concern in the organisation over the issue.
Taking upon themselves the role of culture policing, Bajrang Dal activists resorted to vandalism at several places in the City on New Year’s Eve. Bajrang Dal City convener Pradeep Nair was injured in one such incident.
There is growing feeling in the Sangh Parivar that the entire show by Bajrang Dal activists was quite unnecessary. In fact, there were no reports of any vulgarity at any City hotel targeted by them.
According to sources in the RSS and VHP, senior leaders are concerned over the growing incidents of vandalism by its cadres. “No senior leaders of the VHP or RSS were taken into confidence before resorting to such action on the eve of New Year,” a senior VHP leader, who did not want to be quoted, said.
“Such actions only tarnish the image of Hindu organisations, which are engaged in welfare programmes,” he added.
Concerned, the VHP is to hold a review meeting in a day or two under the chairmanship of senior VHP leader Jadauchand Jain to take stock of the situation.
There are differences in the Bajrang Dal City unit itself over the actions. There were rumours of VHP calling a City bandh to protest the attack on Nair by the police.
But even after several rounds of meetings yesterday, they could not come to a conclusion on holding a bandh, as there was a feeling that the incident was stage-managed by a section of the organisation led by Nair, without consulting seniors in the Sangh Parivar.
A City Bajrang Dal senior leader said that the workers were not informed of the actions of the Dal. Meanwhile, there is concern in the Bharatiya Janata Party, too, over the incidents like the one witnessed on New Year’s Eve. “Due to these avoidable incidents, our image is also affected adversely,” a senior local BJP leader said.