RIGHT-WING ACTIVISTS, including local RSS functionaries, on Sunday threatened the BJP governments at the Centre and Madhya Pradesh with “serious political consequences” if Hindus are stopped from offering prayers at a disputed shrine here during Basant Panchami on February 12.
One of the main speakers, RSS vibhag pramukh Vikram Singh, also took a swipe at Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s administration, saying, “Those who are ruling follow our ideology but I don’t know why they are helpless… we are not helpless.’’
Singh also questioned the DNA of state government officials “to check whether they are really Hindus”. The RSS functionary was addressing a dharmasabha in this communally sensitive town that is home to Bhojshala, the disputed shrine where Hindus are allowed to pray on Tuesdays and on Basant Panchami, and Muslims on Fridays. This Basant Panchami falls on a Friday.
“You (administration) make a thousand plans for February 12 but our plan will confuse you. We are going to do something spectacular that day. We need number-one Hindus because they take part in our campaign, not number-two Hindus who support but remain in the background or number-three Hindus who converted to Islam because they were weak,’’ said Singh.
Hindutva leader Sadhvi Ritambhara was to address the gathering but could not make it. In a recorded message, she said she was not allowed to board the plane because she was late. The organisers called her no-show a conspiracy and warned of serious repercussions in 2017 or 2018, when assembly elections will be due in the state, saying, “If we know how to form governments we also know how to bring them down.”
Singh is one of the leading lights of the pro-Hindutva “Bhojshala movement”. In 2003, three people, all Hindus, had died in police firing after violence broke out near the shrine.