Syed Junaid Hashmi
Jammu Tawi, March 11
Top leadership of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is all set to deliberate over BJP’s ideological compromise with PDP during last three years and prepare a roadmap for the party for future.
The top leaders of RSS will be meeting in Nagpur for four days from March 15 and it is believed that the leadership might ask BJP to reconsider its alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir if the Kashmir based party does not stop ‘playing soft towards the separatists and terrorists’. Sources said that the leadership access the present position of BJP in Jammu and Kashmir besides finding out the possible repercussions on the Lok Sabha elections across North India of the alliance continues.
Sources said that the top Sangh leadership will review the performance of the experiment with PDP at this crucial conclave from March 15, 2018. PDP-BJP coalition has completed its half term and it has 3 more years in office. Sangh leadership, sources said would go into detail while discussing all issues pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir including controversy surrounding BJP’s stand over Article 370 and the Article 35-A.
They said that the Sangh leadership has for long been planning to re-devise a future strategy and ensure that the opposition does not get ammunition from Jammu and Kashmir to aim at the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019, which are just an year away. Sources further said that this is for the first time that the Sangh Parivar has decided to call such a long meeting to deliberate on the legal, political, economic, social and cultural issues of Jammu and Kashmir.
What makes the meeting significant is the fact that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending the conclave for a day. Though the conclave is not being directly organised under the banner of RSS but the think-tank organising it is known for its links with Sangh. The conclave is being organised by the Jammu Kashmir Study Centre, a think tank engaged in generating debate on Jammu and Kashmir’s political and legal issues. It is highly likely that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat would attend the meeting for the whole day and even speak over Jammu and Kashmir.
Sources added that the conclave comes after a meeting of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) of the RSS from March 8 to 11 at Nagpur, where top Sangh leaders from Jammu and Kashmir are briefing the central team on the functioning of coalition with the PDP. The meeting is ending today and if the sources are to be believed, Sangh office bearers have strongly criticised functioning of the BJP ministers in the coalition government, alleging that they are putting their offices and ministers over and above the interests of the people who voted them to power.
RSS functionaries are peeved over the complete ideological sell-out by BJP for sharing power with PDP, said a source. He stressed that the party office bearers are likely to be taken to task for failing to take a stand over critical issues before their alliance partner PDP. A report card about the state government’s performance had been prepared by RSS leadership for the Pratinidhi Sabha meeting and the same is being debated over by the leadership.
Sources further said that the Sangh Parivar had given three years to the BJP leadership to address some important issues pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir in general and Jammu region, in particular. They had told Jammu and Kashmir unit of BJP not to compromise with PDP over the issues which the party has kept close to the heart and agitated over the last 71 years, said the sources while adding that the issues can be resolved over a period of time but should not be forgotten and people should not get a feeling that BJP has given-up its core ideological stance.
Sources said that there is belief in the top leadership of RSS that BJP local unit has completely surrendered before PDP leadership and hence, there is need to for the Sangh Parivar to re-devise its strategy in the state. They added that the RSS cadre is highly demoralised with the working style of the BJP MLAs as well as Ministers. “Country first seems to have become ministry first. We cannot let anyone deviate from the path chosen by us for the progress and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir. And that is not possible without abrogation of Article 370 and complete merger of J&K with rest of the country,” said a top RSS functionary while talking to Jammu Kashmir Newspoint.
It needs to be mentioned here that ruling alliance of PDP and BJP is in a state of drift. Pakistan’s continuous firing on the Line of Control and pelting of stone by the youth on the Army and the Para-military forces in the Valley are causing concern in New Delhi. To find a solution to the problem, top leaders of the Sangh Parivar will meet for four days in Nagpur from 15 March.
Syed Junaid Hashmi