General quota, Budget goodies win RSS’ favour, put Ram temple on backburner
Ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2019, RSS believes the Modi govt’s recent decisions will help blunt the incipient anger among middle classes, traders and farmers.
The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has shelved its plans to start the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. On the face of it, the move is a jolt to the core supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and betrays scepticism within the Sangh Parivar that the issue is not finding resonance. However, the Sangh Parivar, to the contrary, is not perturbed that the decision could lead to any significant loss of its support base in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Initially, the ‘Dharma Sansad’ had threatened to start construction work near the disputed site in the third week of March. An address to the gathering by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat had led to commotion when he had said the agitation should be postponed until a later date.
The VHP spent much effort to convince Hindu saints to agree to postpone the agitation. Eventually,
the Sangh Parivar leadership was able to strike a truce. Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government’s
announcement of a pension scheme for saints helped, as did other promises.
Sources in the fraternal organisations of the RSS, including those who work with organised sector workers and farmers, believe the Narendra Modi government’s recent decisions, including the Budget announcements, would help blunt the incipient anger among middle classes, traders and farmers, and it doesn’t need to resort to raking up the temple issue in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.
Courtesy: Business Standard