Much has been spoken and written about the double standards of the political parties that is leading the nation currently and also the parties that previously led the government. Ahead of the 2019 elections, another double standard that is exposed by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the brainchild of BJP, after the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s Vijayadashami speech.
On Thursday, the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat delivered his annual Vijayadashami address to the Sangh cadres at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur, his last major address before the Lok Sabha elections next year. He showed the urge to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya, claiming it as the necessity for self-esteem and to usher in an atmosphere of goodwill and oneness.
Mumbai Congress Chief Sanjay Nirupam exclaimed that RSS is a political organisation and both BJP and RSS are in an alliance and inter-linked with each other. “BJP’s both state and national units have RSS people in it. RSS’ entire campaign is to help in BJP’s victory and not for country’s development. RSS calling the organisation non-political and a cultural one are all false claims and drama. RSS does nothing except misleading people. BJP doesn’t have any faith in the Indian Constitution, they all have faith in RSS ideology,” he added.
He continued saying, “Wherever Lord Rama might be at this moment, I am sure he is getting hiccups. I suspect their credentials with regard to BJP’s commitment to Lord Rama. With the election approaching, both BJP and Shiv Sena started recalling Lord Rama. Soon after election finishes, they all forget him. If Bhagwat is demanding a law to enable construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya now only a few months prior to the election, what was he doing throughout the last four and half a years? Who stopped BJP?”
After the BJP almost took a step back over the construction of Ram Mandir issue ahead of the elections next year, Mohan Bhagwat during his Vijayadashami’s speech, left no stones unturned to blame the politics for the delay in the construction of Ram Mandir. “This matter of national interest is being obstructed by some fundamentalist elements and forces that play communal politics for selfish gains. Politics is delaying the construction of Ram Mandir. Despite such machinations, the decision on ownership of the land should be expedited and the government should clear the path for the construction of the grand temple through an appropriate and requisite law,” he expressed.
BJP MLA from Mumbai Sardar Tara Singh stated, “The Ram Mandir issue is solely of BJP’s. RSS can be considered a part of our party and we always work in coordination with them. Ram Mandir issue is pending since long and we want the construction to start as soon as possible. This is all about the emotion of our workers, supporters and moreover, the nation.”
He also added, “Mohan Bhagwat earlier said that RSS will stand by anyone who wants to serve the nation. There’s no other party who keeps intention to work for the nation’s development. Very obviously, Bhagwat meant BJP as it is the only party that serves the nation in true sense.”
It is always known that RSS is the supporter of the ruling government. Earlier in his last month address, he said that the RSS never asks its volunteers to work for any particular party but does advise them to support those working for the national interest. Their vision document will be one which benefits everyone and includes everyone in the development of India.
On the statement to support the party that works for the nation’s interest that is, BJP. Shivray Kulkarni, BJP spokesperson, in a conversation with AV asserted, “Mohan Bhagwat has never promoted BJP. In his Dussehra address, he has only said that in a democratic country only the party that works for the development of the nation should get the vote. He has left the rest on the citizens of the country and the swayamsevak. BJP has no need or the party has never tried to use RSS to raise any of its issues. Ram Mandir issue was not kept aside in BJP’s manifesto. BJP is undoubtedly working for Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, but who has said that along with the developmental work, the party can’t work in the favour of faith and emotions of crores of Indians? Since the Ram Mandir issue is under judiciary, BJP preferred not to talk on this repeatedly. Work against the pseudo-secularism in India is still on run. There’s shouldn’t be any doubt over BJP’s efforts towards the construction of Ram Mandir.”
The RSS chief said that the Sangh has been associated with the sentiments of crores of people in the efforts for the construction of a magnificent Ram temple at the birthplace of Lord Rama, who is the personification of the life energy of the nation and icon of upholding the dharma.
During the 80-minute speech, Bhagwat also spoke on various other issues like urban maoism and the need to strengthen the country’s borders. The Ayodhya case is currently before the Supreme Court and the next hearing is scheduled for October 29.