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New Delhi: Although BJP president Amit Shah says that the Narendra Modi government doesn’t have the mandate to address its core issues, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a constituent of the Sangh Parivar, disagrees.

The VHP has said that the huge mandate with which the Modi government came to power was not only for development but also to deliver on its core issues, including building a grand Ram temple at Ayodhya.

The Hindu outfit also reminded the government to be ready to “face the consequences” — like the previous NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee — if it did not deliver on the core issues.

“The mandate which the BJP got in last general election was not merely for development. People expect that they will address the core issues too,” VHP spokesperson and national secretary Surendra Jain said.

“Despite several comments on the issue by senior BJP leaders, our hope is still alive. We expect that this government will fulfill its commitment to construct a Ram temple at Ayodhya,” he added.

Bharatiya Janata Party president Shah said last month that the party needs 370 seats in the Lok Sabha to address its core issues. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said earlier that the core issues were not the government’s priority for now as it was focussed on development.

Jain said building the Ram temple was also in the BJP manifesto. “How can they backtrack on the issue?” he asked.

Jain said the previous NDA government didn’t address these issues, and the voters had shown them the door. “BJP leaders should learn from their mistakes of the past.”

He said a committee of holy men and spiritual leaders would soon meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge him to construct the Ram temple.

Recently, the Shiv Sena, another BJP ally, had said that the prime minister should reveal his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on the contentious issue of the temple in Ayodhya.

Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Katiyar, who was the face of the Ayodhya movement in the 1990s, has said that the government should resolve the issue through legislation or dialogue and not wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict.

The Allahabad High Court’s verdict on the disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi issue is on appeal before the Supreme Court. (IANS)

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Bajrang Dal: Controversial Member of Sangh Parivar

Bajrang Dal is not just known for beating couples on Valentine's Day, the organization has much more for controversy!

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Bajrang Dal was founded on 1 October 1984. Facebook
Bajrang Dal was founded on 1 October 1984. Facebook

Valentine’s day is around the corner, hence it is impossible for India to not talk about Sang Parivar’s stardom magnet known as ‘Bajrang Dal’. It is an organization that follows the ideology of ‘Hindu Nationalism’ and its slogan is “Seva, Suraksha, Sanskriti” or Service, Safety, and Culture; the fact that Bajrang Dal is a militant organization is as intriguing as the fact that it literally beats couples (following which they are married off) on Valentine’s Day to express their opposition against ‘Western culture’.

The organization is the youth wing of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). It is spread throughout India with 2500 akhadas (just like shakhas of RSS), northern and central portions of the country are most significant though.

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Goals of Bajrang Dal

  • Building Ramjanmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya, Krishnajanmabhoomi temple in Mathura, and Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi
  • Protecting India’s ‘Hindu’ identity of India from perceived dangers of communism, Muslim population growth, and Christian conversion
  • Prevention of cow slaughter

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Bajrang Dal is the youth wing of VHP. Wikimedia Commons
Bajrang Dal is the youth wing of VHP. Wikimedia Commons

Controversies of Bajrang Dal

1. It was first banned by the Narasimha Rao government in 1992 during the span of incidents surrounding Babri Masjid Demolition. However, the ban lasted for only one year.

2. Bajrang Dal activists, in April 2006, were killed nearby Nanded allegedly in the process of ‘bomb-making’. This group was also suspected for 2003 Parbhani mosque blasts.

3. In April 2003, Praveen Togadia was arrested after distributing tridents to Bajrang Dal activists in Ajmer defying the ban and prohibitory orders. Later, he had expressed satisfaction at the publicity received due to the incident.

4. The organization has been accused of attacking traders who sell to Muslims and attacking Muslim homes with the objective of not allowing Muslims to own land in parts of Gujrat.

5. On several occasions, acting as “Social Police” the activists of Bajrang Dal have caught un-married couples on Valentine’s day and forced them to apply sindoor or tie rakhis against their wishes. The activists of Bajrang Dal have often indulged in violence, invading gift shops and restaurants and threatening couples on Valentine’s day.

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