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BJP following the NDA agenda!
By Mohammad Ashfaque, Calcutta
|Construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya was an expression of nationalist feelings yet to be realized .’ These remarks of the Prime Minister have brought to the fore and exposed the hidden agenda and the secret plans which the Prime Minister and his party the BJP have in mind. The next day the Prime Minister, while advocating a negotiated settlement, said that the temple should be built on the site where Babri Masjid stood till 6 December 1992 and the mosque can be built elsewhere. These statements have unmasked the real face of the Prime Minister and confirmed that though he swears allegiance to NDA agenda he is keen to ensure implementation of the programmes of the Sangh Parivar.
The following excerpts from the Election Manifesto of BJP for 1998 may help in understanding and reading the minds of the BJP leaders including the Prime Minister. ‘The BJP is convinced that Hindutva has immense potentiality to re- energize this nation and strengthen and discipline it to undertake the arduous task of nation building. This can and does trigger a higher level of patriotism that can transform the country to greater levels of efficiency and performance. It is with such integrative ideas in mind, the BJP joined the Ram Janambhoomi movement for the construction of Shri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.. This greatest mass movement in post Independent history reoriented the disoriented polity in India and strengthened the foundation of cultural nationalism.’
‘The BJP is committed to facilitate the construction of a magnificent Shri Ram Mandir at Ram Janambhoomi in Ayodhya where a makeshift temple already exists. Shri Ram lies in the core of India consciousness. The BJP will explore all consensual, legal and constitutional means to facilitate the construction of Shri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.’ (Chapter 2: ‘Our National Identity – Cultural Nationalism,’p. 5 of the BJP’s Election Manifesto for 1998).
The remarks made by the Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on 6 and the 7 December 2000 are on the same lines as the programmes enunciated and expressed in clear terms in the BJP’s Manifesto for 1998.
The BJP’s Election Manifesto of 1998 had outlined ‘how the BJP will effect change with continuity.’ It had very categorically declared that the concept of Hindutva would be one of the five fold concepts that ‘will constitute the core content and ideological pillars of the BJP.’
In the Election Manifesto for 1999, for reasons of political survival, the BJP led National Democratic Alliance had promised to ‘put an end to divisiveness’ and to ‘have a moratorium on contentious issues.’ This appears to be a camouflage. BJP leaders are actually indulging in duplicitous politics. While the BJP president Bangaru Laxman is trying to woo the Muslims, the VHP is trying to divide the country on narrow communal lines. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad, RSS and other units of the Sangh Parivar have been demanding the construction of the Ram temple at the site where the Babri Masjid stood before 6th December 1992, when Karsewaks including prominent leaders of BJP had razed it to the ground. This demand has now been conceded and endorsed by the Prime Minister. The work of stone carving for the temple is going on in full swing and is likely to be completed by March next. VHP leaders have even threatened to construct the Ram temple even if the court gives its verdict against such construction. They have been getting tacit support from the leaders of BJP. Vishwa Hindu Parishad has announced that the programme for construction of temple at Ayodhya will be finalized at the Dharma Sansad during the Kumbh Mela at Allahabad in January 2001.The above remarks of the Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee are likely to be taken as go ahead signals for indulging in objectionable activities for construction of the temple.
C.B.I has investigated the case of demolition of Babri Masjid and has filed charge sheet in the Court against the accused. The matter is sub-judice and it was certainly not fair and proper on the part of the Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to exonerate his three cabinet ministers? The above remarks of the Prime Minister deserve to be treated with contempt. By such statements Atal Behari Vajpayee has lowered the dignity of the office of Prime Minister of India which he holds.q