After Bulandshahr violence, VHP to mobilise ‘Bhakts’ from Western UP for Rally

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To intensify its agitation for a Ram temple in Ayodhya, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad will hold a mega rally – a Dharma sansad, on Sunday at the Ram Lila Maidan, for which the organisation plans to bring “Ram- bhakts” from districts of UP near the capital, which include Meerut, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Bulandshahr, Hapur, Baghpat, Mathura, Aligarh, Hathras, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, largely all Western UP districts.

This comes less than a week of the killing of police inspector in mob frenzy over cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, and just days before the winter session of Parliament begins.

To welcome the people from these districts, the VHP plans to build makeshift “swagat dwars” (welcome gates) in over 15 entry points in Delhi where they will be treated with food and water as soon as they enter the capital. Nearly 1,500 buses are believed to have been hired to bring people from 200 Kms around Delhi to the venue where Hindu seers and saints will talk about the need to bring in legislation for the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Nearly two lakh people are expected to attend the programme, VHP members said.

VHP members said hundreds of cuts outs of Lord Ram along with LED screens will be placed at different spots in and around Delhi to enable people to hear the speeches of the Hindu seers.

The VHP in the last ten days carried out a door-to-door campaign in Delhi and adjoining areas to make the rally a “grand success” where in Hindu households were given a “sankalp pushp” an envelope with some rice and flower petals to be worshipped. “We have asked them to come and drop them off at various holy spots around the rally on Sunday,” a member said.

According to BJP sources, the rally will mobilise sentiment on ground in favour of Hindu causes, particularly in the region of western UP, which is seen as communally sensitive, particularly after the 2013 Hindu-Muslim riots in Muzaffarnagar. The BJP made stellar gains in this region both in the 2014 and 2017 elections, but earlier this year, the party’s defeat in Kairana parliamentary constituency and Noorpur assembly constituency bye-polls raised questions about whether or not communal polarisation still drives political choices here.

VHP’s spokesperson Vinod Bansal claimed that the rally will change the mind of all those who feel the bill to expedite the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya in the winter session of Parliament is not possible. “There is a lot of enthusiasm in the youth for this movement. We don’t even feel the need to mobilise them as they want to readily participate in this,” he told ET.

BJP chief Amit Shah had recently hinted that such a bill may not be possible in the upcoming winter session. VHP officials however said if the bill does not come in this winter session the future course of action will be decided at the next Dharam sansad to be held in Allahabad on the sidelines of the Mahakumbh on January 31 and February 1.

Source: Economic Times