RSS red-flags growing Hindu Yuva Vahini clout to Yogi Adityanath

Sources have told The Indian Express that the RSS top brass is believed to have conveyed to Adityanath their reservations regarding an organisation (read HYV), on the ground, that runs “parallel” to both the RSS and the BJP.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published:May 16, 2017 3:45 am
Yogi Adityanath, uttar pradesh cm, cm Yogi Adityanath, rss, bjp, rss flag, hindu yuva vahini, indian express news, india news Yogi Adityanath (Source: File Photo)

THE growing clout and spreading footprint of the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) ever since its patron and founder Yogi Adityanath became Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has set off ripples in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and a section of the BJP.

Sources have told The Indian Express that the RSS top brass is believed to have conveyed to Adityanath their reservations regarding an organisation (read HYV), on the ground, that runs “parallel” to both the RSS and the BJP. More so, when several complaints have come from across the state against aggressive HYV workers flexing their political — and, in some cases, physical — muscles in several “communal” incidents over the past two months.

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Even the Opposition parties have been vocal in their complaints about activists wearing saffron scarves harassing people in the name of Hindutva and cow vigilantism. RSS and BJP leaders said that they are worried over the kind of impact the HYV show of strength might have on the image of the state government, particularly when the BJP has come to power after 15 years and Lok Sabha elections are just two years away, sources said.

Founded in 2002, HYV has the image of an aggressive pro-Hindutva organisation that claims to work for Hindu culture, cow protection and against untouchability. So far, HYV’s activities were confined to Gorakhpur and adjoining districts.

In the run-up to the recent Assembly elections, Adityanath sacked HYV state president Sunil Singh after the latter announced he would field candidates against the BJP. Soon after Adityanath was sworn in as CM, Rakesh Rai was appointed HYV’s new state president and P K Mall as state organisation secretary with a plan to expand HYV in other parts of the state including western UP.

When asked about the RSS’s reservations, Mall said: “This is not in my knowledge. HYV is a social and cultural organisation associated with Gorakhnath Peeth just like various other organisations run by the peeth. No one should have any objections over it.”

Last month in Gorakhpur, Adityanath held separate meetings with HYV and RSS workers. He reportedly urged HYV to maintain “decency,” not misuse saffron as the party’s colour, monitor government work and flag any discrepancies to their colleagues in HYV — not misbehave with any officer.

He is said to have told the HYV that any “indecent or illegal” act by someone in a saffron scarf could end up hurting the image of the organisation or the BJP.

As reported by The Indian Express earlier, after Adityanath took charge as CM, HYV has seen a record surge in applications — from an average of 500-1000 applications every month until February to about 5,000 applications per day.

In the face of this flood, a circular was issued from HYV’s Gorakhpur headquarters stating: “A lot of people want to join the organisation with a strategy to defame it and, hence, activities as well as background of new applicants must be checked. After induction, a newcomer will be given a post in the organisation only after working as an ordinary worker for at least six months.”

Not just the issue of HYV, sources said, the RSS has also questioned Adityanath’s frequent advisories to the BJP and other RSS affiliates (like VHP or Bajrang Dal) about not taking the law in their hands. Sources said that RSS pointed out that such advisories from public fora were sending a signal of rampant indiscipline among RSS or BJP workers. Sources said RSS raised these issues with the CM during a meeting called at a hotel in Lucknow today ostensibly to improve coordination between the state government, BJP and RSS’s other offshoots.

RSS’s Krishnagopal, BJP national general secretary (organisation) Ramlal, party state general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal, both deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma were present at the meeting which was attended by RSS pracharaks and functionaries from across the state.

Sources said that a prant pracharak in the meeting complained that leaders of parties and organisations other than RSS offshoots and BJP were given space in government committees in corporations and boards. Sources said that CM was asked to “adjust” eligible and dedicated workers of RSS offshoots and from the BJP.

Sources said the CM assured those present that he would look into the suggestions raised at the meeting.

When asked about RSS’s advice to Adityanath regarding the HYV, RSS’s Manmohan Vaidya said, “I am not aware of this.” A similar coordination meeting between top RSS functionaries, government and the BJP was held at CM’s residence last month.

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    hari singh
    May 18, 2017 at 8:44 pm
    It is very good news HYV, is the only one protects Hindus, RSS is not at all just wearing chaddi & holding laati just for photo,not helps hindus
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      Banu Prakash A S
      May 17, 2017 at 10:06 am
      Is it a sham publicly he says don't be violent? Does he actually mean do according to your own wish? If he couldn't prevent violence by his chelas at least did he try to correct it by meeting the affected? Did he hold anyone accountable for past mistakes, punish or reform him by making him apologise All eye wash jhumla nakhara
      1. R
        May 16, 2017 at 7:41 pm
        Its going to be like the closing stages of the Cultural Revolution, when rival groups of Red Guards fought pitched battles in the cities of China.
        1. S
          May 16, 2017 at 7:11 pm
          If they really think they are true and mighty they should attacking the weak helpless Indian Muslims and Christians and instead send them to the border to fight stan and Isis , may be they would solve the issue of Kashmir and stop the menace of talibans and Isis . This would indeed be act of BRAVERY.
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            hari singh
            May 18, 2017 at 8:59 pm
            Stop talk like mulla we given half of of india to you muslims people including you go & live in stan,always you people menace hindus,you people are barbaric in humane dont tell us how to live w world knows what is muslims,stop using christian names they are our brothers they have wright to live in india
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            desi pundit
            May 16, 2017 at 4:42 pm
            Yogi is going to be what Sant Bhinderwale was to congress. It just a matter of time. Fun is about to begin. These truely state actors of India will do what ' mnon-state' actors are doing in purestan next door. Perhaps on bigger scale. Mody is mère bsckward -cl puppet of the hindu-terror organisations. Manmoohan Sungh was at least an intelligent one.
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              hari singh
              May 18, 2017 at 9:01 pm
              You are a mulla pandit, go live in stan
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              desi pundit
              May 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm
              Hindus would like everybody to believe that all of their terror outfits are cultural and social organizations.. These fools still believe that their schitt does not stink.All the terror outfits like vhs, bjp, rss, hyv etc. are foo hindus to grab power for themselves. They already have ized the hinduism in the eyes of others just as talibans has done to islam.
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                Golam rasul
                May 17, 2017 at 12:19 am
                D.P u r absolutely r8
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                  hari singh
                  May 18, 2017 at 9:04 pm
                  Mulla ka chor, aur chor ka mulla you both are mother ers,anti hindus & indians
              2. V
                May 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm
                IE will never improve.A fake news to divide Hindus.RSS , VHP , HYV ,Bajrang dal are all great organizations.They really work for the nation and for protection of Hindus.Any natural calamity or disaster anywhere these are the first people to reach and help.Its papers like IE who are the actual mischief mongers.Shame on you.
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                  Tanbeer alam
                  May 16, 2017 at 4:07 pm
                  Rss is playing.without Sangh order these organisations will not do yeh ankho men Dhol jhok raha hai
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