The Rashrtiya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has decided to directly address the Muslim community and argue that there is nothing to fear under a government led by Narendra Modi at the Centre. This is the first time ever in the history of the organisation that the RSS has so openly decided to come in favour of an individual.
A 20-minute CD to be released by the Sangh projects all political parties as treating Muslims as a vote bank and not doing anything for the community. It was time that Muslims should ask these leaders why, despite having voted for these leaders, they were still the most deprived community, the RSS has urged.
The CD quotes about a dozen Muslim clerics and intellectuals to substantiate its claim. The campaign is led by Indresh Kumar of the RSS who has worked actively among Muslims for the last many years. Indresh is patron of the Muslim Rashtriya Manch, which is a part of the Sangh Parivar. The MRM seeks to remove misgivings about the RSS. Indresh’s Facebook profile describes him as the “real hero of Indians”.
The RSS is worried that secular parties are bent on projecting Modi as anti-Muslim even when the facts run to the contrary. In the eyes of the RSS, the so-called secular parties are determined to paint Modi a villain because they want to prevent him from becoming prime minister even if the NDA gets a majority in the 2014 general elections.
The BJP has been failing to defend Modi the way it should, a senior RSS leader said. But the parent organisation is keen that Modi should become the next prime minister and not anyone else in the BJP. The CD is an onslaught on those BJP leaders who are silently working against the agenda of the RSS.
Early this month, Bharatiya Awam Party (Rashtriya), an all-women party with over 35,000 members, mostly Muslims, had sent letters to Modi and BJP president Rajnath Singh assuring them of their support. “The country needs a leader of strong will power with a vision of development. We find these qualities in Modi,” said Najma Parveen, president of the BAP(R), adding that Varanasi was going to elect not only an MP but also a PM. She said that the party would depute an 11-member team at booth level for door-to-door campaign in favour of Modi.
Update, 29 April 2014