Debating India


VHP plans stir against Advani

Thursday 16 June 2005

``He should quit Lok Sabha, leave politics’’

HARDWAR: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Wednesday said it would launch a countrywide stir against BJP president L.K. Advani for his remarks on the Babri Masjid demolition and Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

The senior vice-president, Acharya Giriraj Kishore, said the resignation of Mr. Advani from BJP presidentship and its withdrawal, without getting his stand approved by the parliamentary board of the party, indicated the defeat of Mr. Advani and the victory of the party.

Though the meeting discussed construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya, imposition of a ban on cow-slaughter, the ``rising graph of religious conversions’’ and social harmony, the Advani issue stood out.

Strongly-worded resolution

In a strongly-worded resolution, the VHP asked Mr. Advani to quit politics, resign his Lok Sabha seat and apologise to the nation.

The VHP and the sants flayed the BJP for deviating from its commitment to the Hindu ideology.

``We cannot allow the Bharatiya Janata Party to become the Bharatiya Jinnah Party. If the BJP wants the support of the VHP and the sants, it should purge itself of the bogus secularists and revert to its original Hindu agenda,’’ the Parishad’s working president, Ashok Singhal, said.

The `Marg Darshak Mandal’ also demanded that the three colours of the national flag be replaced with saffron colour to reflect the link of the present and future polity of the country with Hindutva.

Discordant note

However, a section of the sants struck a discordant note. Swami Vishveshva Teertha of the Pejawar Math, Karnataka, said that before lambasting Mr. Advani the VHP and the sants should have called him to the meeting and heard him.

Condemning the fulminations of the VHP leaders against Mr. Advani, Swami Parmanand Sarswati, general secretary of the All-India Akhara Parishad, said the VHP was blowing the issue out of proportion.

``The VHP should not meddle in politics. Whether Mr. Advani should resign or not from presidentship of the BJP should be decided by the party itself,’’ he said.

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