Decision on PM candidate should be left to BJP: Bhagwat
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Amid the clamour within the BJP to declare Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the party's prime ministerial candidate, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Thursday that the decision should be left to the BJP.
Addressing the VHP's dharam sansad at the Kumbh mela here, Bhagwat said: "Let us not enter into other's jurisdiction. The issue is already being talked about... It is they who have to take a decision. If they commit a mistake, they will bear the brunt."
However, he said they should not confine themselves to the concept of one party, one leader. "Ek sangathan, ek party, ek neta, yeh is Hindu jagruti ka ek padaav ho sakta hai; lekin humein rukna nahin hai (One organisation, one party, one leader can be a step; but we can't stop in this journey to rejuvenate the Hindu ideals)," he said.
Quoting the proverb, "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely", Bhagwat said: "We will have to get rid of a bad habit of ours. We will have to stop contracting our tasks to others." He also reminded the gathering that "humein Hitler nahin chahiye (we don't want Hitler)".
On the Ram Temple, Bhagwat said revival of Hindutva would either force the government of the day to allow construction of the temple, or would put in place a government that would facilitate the same. "It has to happen either way," he said.
Earlier, some sants at the gathering came out in support of Modi. One of the them, Swami Prapappanacharya, said that by winning seats for Hindu candidates in Muslim-dominated constituencies, Modi had shown what he was capable of. Swami Vishwanand said the Ram temple could be constructed only when the BJP comes to power under the leadership of a determined man.
The much hyped slogan of the VHP regarding Ram temple in Ayodhya changed from "Ram Lala hum aate hain, mandir wahin banayenge (Ram Lala hither we come and will build the temple there itself)" to "Ram Lala Hum Aayenge, Sansad mein kanoon laayenge (Ram Lala we will come and make a law in the Parliament)".
The VHP has been demanding that the government enact a law in Parliament in the next monsoon session to enable construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.