As polls near, opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh clamour for share in Hindutva pie

(This story initially appeared in on Jul 30, 2021)

Case 1: BSP nationwide normal secretary SC Mishra gives prayers at makeshift Ram Temple in Ayodhya and different temples of prominence earlier than addressing a Prabudh Varg Goshthi which culminates with the chants of Jai Shri Ram.

Case 2: 5 Brahmin leaders of the SP meet celebration chief Akhilesh Yadav to supply him a statue of Lord Parashuram and promise to put in his 108-feet statue. Akhilesh has already promised to assemble a grand Lord Vishnu temple as soon as his celebration involves energy.

LUCKNOW: Whereas the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) continues to observe its Hindutva agenda with celebration staff being requested to hunt blessings from seers on Guru Purnima, the Opposition – primarily the SP and the BSP –has additionally began treading on the trail of ‘mushy Hindutva’ within the identify of Brahmin outreach.

With UP Vidhan Sabha elections hardly eight months away, the Opposition appears to have made a serious shift in its method to counter BJP’s Hindutva agenda, which, in line with political consultants, has helped the BJP carry collectively higher caste, non-Yadav OBCs and non-Jatav Dalits to an ideal extent.

What has come as a shock is the paradigm shift within the method of events just like the Bahujan Samaj Get together.

In 2007, when the BJP’s fortune was on decline in UP, BSP went for social engineering to win over the higher caste to deal with the SP’s profitable run. It succeeded by profitable a majority with Brahmins shifting in the direction of it.

Nonetheless, with BJP in energy each on the Centre and in UP, the BSP now has made a shift in its method by making efforts to woo not solely Brahmins however different Hindus by invoking Lord Ram within the first part of Prabudh Varg Goshthi, Lord Krishna in Part II and Lord Vishwanath within the part III of the meet.

What has additionally come as a shock is the truth that BSP’s normal secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, whereas invoking Lord Ram, has even promised to make sure speedy completion of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Replying to a query on the shift within the celebration’s method, Mishra stated: “Being a Brahmin, I’ve been providing prayers in temples since childhood. There has by no means been any restriction on non secular perception within the celebration both.”

Requested if it was BSP’s technique to counter BJP’s Hindutva plank, Mishra replied within the unfavourable however stated the transfer definitely aimed toward exposing BJP’s false agenda.

“They don’t have any Hindutva agenda. They whip up sentiments solely throughout elections simply to divert individuals’s consideration from issues being confronted by farmers, labourers, girls and customary man,” Mishra stated.

Mishra’s statements in addition to the tour programme trace at BSP’s shift in the direction of ‘mushy Hindutva’.

After the completion of Part I of Prabudh Varg Goshthi in Sultanpur on Thursday, Mishra would start the second leg of the conferences from Mathura-Vrindavan, the abode of Lord Krishna.

Throughout his speech in Ayodhya, Mishra had introduced that the third part of Prabudh Varg Goshthi would start from Varanasi, the abode of Lord Vishwanath, and the fourth part would take off from Chitrakoot Dham.

Curiously, former minister and senior Samajwadi Get together chief Rajendra Chaudhary stated Hindutva had been on SP’s agenda for a very long time.

“It isn’t that we’re treading on this path to counter BJP,” he stated, including that Brahmin outreach and set up of the idol of Lord Parashuram was being completed by the members of particular communities and so they had full assist of the celebration.

Decoding the shift in Opposition events, political professional Badri Narayan stated: “Mass politics isn’t attainable right this moment in UP or on the nationwide stage with out becoming a member of the Hindutva discourse. Hindutva is the mainstream for political mobilisation proper now. Anybody who jumps into the political area must deal with Hindutva agenda.”

“It’s turning into a necessity for events to stay within the Hindutva discourse to make an area for themselves. Be it Dalits or Brahmins, each neighborhood is getting influenced by the symbols of Hindutva,” he added. | As polls close to, opposition events in Uttar Pradesh clamour for share in Hindutva pie


TaraSubramaniam is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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