Debating India

Go to masses: RSS

Tuesday 15 March 2005

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE, MARCH 14. The three-day Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which concluded here on Sunday, has felt that the Bharatiya Janata Party should get its act together fast.

Discussions were held between Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders such as Ashok Singhal, Praveen Togadia and Giriraj Kishore, and the BJP’s L.K. Advani and H.N. Ananth Kumar.

During the plenary session, many speakers said the BJP should try to broad-base its stand and be able to sustain its political campaigns on its own without seeking the help of Sangh Parivar volunteers. The session observed that the BJP was not making enough impact as a political party among the base electorate, which had become its main weakness. The party should try to go to the masses and address problems of the people, according to the RSS chief spokesperson, Ram Madhav.

Radical nationalism

Asked if the BJP was being subtly told that it had to fall in line with radical nationalism or forfeit the support of the RSS, Mr. Ram Madhav said the RSS did not believe in radical nationalism nor did it have reason to distrust the BJP’s patriotic intentions. The session felt that the objective of putting a pro-Hindu government at the Centre with absolute majority could not be realised unless the political wing broad-based its operations and worked towards that objective on an ideological level.

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