As Modi aims for the top spot, VHP wants him to endorse hardline Hindutva.
hardline form of Hindutva, give a commitment to building the Ram Temple
in Ayodhya and follow the lead of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
As Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi hankers for support for his 2014 prime ministerial venture, his eyes will also be set on Vishwa Hindu Parishad's (VHP) conclave at the MahaKumbh in Allahabad.
However, a consolidated support at the national stage can come only on VHP's condition of endorsing the Hindutva plank.
BJP sources have confirmed that the Gujarat chief minister will visit the Maha Kumbh sometime soon. His visit holds significance in the wake of the RSS-BJP-VHP meeting last week where a decision was taken to emphasise their Hindutva commitment against the "vote-bank politics" of the Congress.
On Wednesday, VHP leader Ashok Singhal evaded a direct query on Modi when he said "the Ram temple issue should be resolved in Parliament. If Parliament doesn't decide, the saints will be forced to resort to agitation." "We are not discussing Narendra Modi and PM candidate. It should be decided by the BJP," he added.
But will the VHP support Modi in 2014? Sources close to Headlines Today say that VHP wants Modi to endorse the hardline form of Hindutva, give a commitment to building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya and follow the lead of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
As the VHP conclave plans a fresh Hindutva wave, the BJP seems to have been caught in a dilemma. Embracing Hindutva may alienate secular allies and may trigger Muslim consolidation against BJP. But shunning Hindutva surely may invite the wrath of RSS, VHP and cost Modi dear.
Member of VHP Margdarshak Mandal from Gujarat Swami Avadheshwarji Maharaj: It's up to the BJP whether they want to choose the path of Ram temple to get power or path of politics. As far as Narendra Modi is concerned, it's not on the agenda.
However, JD-U leader Neeraj Kumar said, "The nation has suffered the mixture of politics and religion earlier. One can go to the Kumbh, but no politics should be done."
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|Date:||Feb 6, 2013|
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