BJP No. 1 Enemy of Hindus, Say Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad and Other Hindu Groups
The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, a convention of right wing groups, was marked by a strong anti-BJP stance.
At a convention, The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, held in Jammu on July 29, several ultra-right wing groups came together and criticised the already right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) as the “No. 1 Enemy” of Hindus in the country, reported The Tribune.
Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, one of the main accused right wing leaders in the 2008 Malegaon Blast Case was also scheduled to attend the convention. However, she cancelled at the last minute.
Reportedly, several right wing leaders, including ex-Vishva Hindu Parishad man Pravin Togadia, attended the event that was marked by “anti-BJP rhetoric.” Others who addressed the convention include Hindu Mahasabha’s Ravi Ranjan Singh and Sudhakar Chaturvedi of the Hindu Yuva Vahini.
Notably, Togadia has formed a new organisation, the Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad which has already set up a state unit in Jammu and Kashmir. He is supported by several other “hardcore” Hindu leaders and those disgruntled with the RSS and the Sangh Parivar.
The controversy over Article 35-A has provided these groups with a platform to come together as they believe that the BJP is shying away from taking an unequivocal stand on the issue. They are also unhappy with BJP’s decision to ally with the PDP in the state, and consider this move as “humiliating and insulting” to the people Jammu. These right wing groups also attempt to make Jammu & Kashmir a core election issue.
According toThe Tribune, the right wing groups are planning to challenge the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections to be held next year. While Togadiya’s Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad is attempting to form committees at the district and tehsil level, the Hindu Mahasabha has already announced a unit in Kathua and Samba districts in Jammu and will be fielding its candidates.
The BJP, which relies on its Jammu stronghold and lures voters with a religio-nationalist rhetoric, is reportedly worried about the challenge from these groups that are even further to the right on religious issues.