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RSS asks BJP to pump up Hindutva
October 31, 2004 15:52 IST
Asking new BJP President L K Advani to take a bold stand on Hindutva issues, RSS has said that not doing so would be a negation of its raison'd etre.
In separate editorials, 'Panchajanya' and 'Organiser', the Hindi and English media organs of the Sangh fountainhead in their latest issues, have described as a "good beginning" Advani's address at the party's recent National Council meeting in New Delhi where he asserted the party's commitment to the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya.
Cautioning the BJP of "difficult times ahead" with a Communist-aided "vindictive" government at the Centre, it said in an apparent dig at the party's lifestyle, "this is not the time to hold meetings in five-star hotels and zip around in Mercedes cars to make public contact".
"Without changing one's own conduct, the party should not expect any change in the behaviour of its activists", it said while advising Advani to focus on organisation-centric strategy rather than poll-centric politics.
While terming as "natural" the criticism by BJP supporters that the party has started talking about the temple now that it is out of power, it said BJP leaders should remember that such elements were active since its birth.
"This is the time to rebuild. The party has shown great vitality, creativity and youthful enthusiasm to take correctives, to reassess its role and reassert its core concerns. This should satisfy large sections of sympathisers", said the 'Organiser'.
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