Uma launched Yatra on VHP proposal
SONIA GANDHI'S landslide victory in Rae Bareli spurred the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to mull over a mass awareness drive to propagate the difference between Swadeshi and Videshi and, subsequently, Uma Bharti's Bharat Bachao Yatra was chalked out, according to Bharatiya Janshakti national general secretary Raghunandan Sharma.india Updated: May 18, 2006 14:43 IST
SONIA GANDHI'S landslide victory in Rae Bareli spurred the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to mull over a mass awareness drive to propagate the difference between Swadeshi and Videshi and, subsequently, Uma Bharti's Bharat Bachao Yatra was chalked out, according to Bharatiya Janshakti national general secretary Raghunandan Sharma.
He told the Hindustan Times that a meeting was held at Hardwar, which was attended by VHP leader Ashok Singhal, Bharatiya Janshakti president Uma Bharti and some Sadhus. Yatra plan was discussed in the meeting a day before Uma Bharti embarked on the yatra from Rameshwaram, he added.
He claimed that the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha by-election result has in fact infused more energy in them, as the foreign origin issue is more relevant now. The Bharatiya Janshakti would continue to raise the issue, he averred.
Sharma said after the VHP proposal, Uma Bharti discussed it with party leaders to elicit their opinion. The leaders were unanimous in their view that since the yatra was to be carried out under the Bharatiya Janshakti banner and flag it would help the party establish its network in the country and create its mass base.
He said the VHP was not only supporting the yatra but also took up the responsibility for its arrangements up to Karnataka. Besides the VHP, Bajrang Dal and other Hindutva-based organisations also supported the yatra.
He felt that sooner or later the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) would also lend its support to the party, as its ideology was the same on which the BJP was once founded.
Sharma said that Ram Janmabhoomi, Krishna Janmabhoomi, Kashi-Vishwanath, Article 370 and common civil code, all these issues now belong to the Bharatiya Janshakti. For, the BJP shelved the issues long back for the sake of power.
But his party would not compromise with its principles and ideology unlike the BJP which ditched the people, country and its ideology, he claimed.
On Uma Bharti-supported Gondwana Ganatantra Party (GGP) candidate's dismal performance in Budhni assembly by-election, Sharma said Bharti went to the constituency only on a couple of occasions and her visits were aimed at infusing a sense of confidence in the voters to cast their votes without any fear.
It was not Shivraj Singh Chouhan but the chief minister in him who won the election. Without the tag of CM Chouhan had lost the 2003 assembly elections in Raghogarh constituency whereas Uma Bharti had won from Bada Malehra, he added.
First Published: May 18, 2006 14:43 IST