With political heat growing over planned “ghar wapsi” event in Aligarh on December 25, RSS-affiliate Dharam Jagran Samiti has now decided to rename the programme for avoiding objections to it from the administration and the Opposition.
Sources said if the local administration officially denies permission to the event, the programme would be renamed as “Ghar Ghar Swagat”. The decision was taken on Monday evening at a high-level meeting attended by representatives from the RSS, the Dharam Jagran Samiti, the VHP, the Bajrang Dal and office-bearers of local BJP unit.
The sources said the meeting was convened on directions of senior BJP leaders in Delhi.
After the brainstorming session, it was felt that the “unnecessary” controversy was jeopardising the annual event and that in a bid to provide a way out for the BJP and other saffron outfits, the name of the event should be changed.
“We are not against administration, but against terrorists. To make it acceptable to administration, we will make amendments. It is most likely that the event will now be called Ghar Ghar Swagat. People have offered their bungalows to hold the programme if permission for a college is not granted. We will do the programme in every home then,” said a source.
But why Ghar Ghar Swagat? A source in the BJP said, “The people who are ready to come back to Hindu religion are considered people who have done ghar wapsi. The programme is to honour them and welcome them back in the fold.”
The sources said the BJP workers have also been instructed to play a greater role in making the event a success. Till now, the BJP cadre from the state had not directly participated in the event conducted by an RSS affiliate.