As part of its golden jubilee celebrations, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will organise a Virat Hindu Sammelan at Shahid Minar ground in Kolkata on December 20. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagavat, VHP patron Ashok Singhal and VHP working president Praveen Togadia will address the Sammelan.
Sources in the VHP said the decision to hold the Sammelan in Kolkata was taken in view of the BJP gaining stre-ngth in West Bengal. The BJP won two seats in the Lok Sabha elections in May this year and capped it by winning one of the two Assembly seats that went to bypolls in September.
Sachindranath Sinha, Kshetra Sanghatan Sampadak (organisation secretary), Kolkata Kshetra, that comprises the states of West Bengal, Orissa, Sikkim and Andaman and Nikobar Islands, said VHP will extend invitation to leaders of other political parties including the CPM and the ruling Trinamool Congress. “They will be there as guests,” Sinha said.
He said Kolkata is one of the five metropolitan cities — others being Mumbai (December 14), Bhopal (December 21), Bangalore (February 8, 2015) and Delhi (February 22) — where such rallies have been planned. Another Virat Hindu Sammelan will be organised at Port Blair in the Andamans on January 10 next year, he added.
The purpose of including Kolkata as one of the venues, according to Sinha, “is to inculcate the ideals of Hinduism” in the public. “People here seem to be afraid to call themselves as Hindus, which is unfortunate. There is a perception about secularism, which is quite confusing. Can’t I be a Hindu who is ready to accommodate all others?” Sinha said.