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RSS appeal to ‘majority’: Vote or become history

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An RSS release appealing for 100 per cent voter turnout among majority community. An RSS release appealing for 100 per cent voter turnout among majority community.

Do you want to make history or want to become history? If the majority community does not use discretion and does not vote 100 per cent, it will soon become history,’’ says an RSS document distributed in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh.

The document, ‘Bharat Vijay Abhiyan,’ ostensibly aimed at increasing voter turnout gives away its main target, “minority appeasement and injustice to the tolerant majority”.

Without naming the BJP or the Congress, the document says it is time for a “nationalist government” and slams “those who ruled for a longer period since Independence” for keeping the country weak and poor due to “minority appeasement, corruption and stashing of black money in foreign banks’’.

Matadata Jagran Manch, Bhopal, known to be a front on the right wing organisation has been distributing similar documents in the state.

“To protect vote bank, they divided us using the sword of minority appeasement,” the document says.

It takes on Pakistan and China and mentions encroachment of India’s territory, beheading of soldiers and infiltration, while blaming the “central government’’ for demoralising soldiers by keeping quiet.

“Rise above mohalla, panchayat, ward, village, city, state and vote on national issues,” reads the appeal “to bring leadership that can see the US, China and Pakistan in the eye…’’

The Sangh has employed its organisational might in the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies that go to poll on April 24. Six of them are with the Congress and four with the BJP. In the recent state Assembly elections, the BJP performed well in Malwa-Nimad area which account for eight of these seats. Sangh pracharaks became active there just over a month ago.

A Dewas-based RSS leader said, “The cadres used to work in previous elections but never as this time when the focus is to increase voting percentage.’’

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