VHP launches 'Hindu Ahead' campaign, with RSS blessings

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THE Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Sunday launched its nationwide "Hindu Ahead" campaign here with the slogan "prosperity and security of Hindus", ahead of the outfit's golden jubilee celebrations scheduled for August 2014.

When asked if the movement has a political angle given its launch a year ahead of the 2014 general elections, VHP working president Pravin Togadia said, "The VHP has no apprehensions about supporting a leader who publicly takes a pledge to work for Hindus. Those who are leaders of Hindus will be our leaders. By mobilising people, we will pressure politicians and political parties to work for Hindus."

The gathering at a football ground in the city's Kankaria neighborhood saw an estimated 5000-odd in attendance, including those who came from various parts of the state. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and other Hindu outfit leaders and dozens of sadhus were also present.

Interestingly, Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is not in good terms with Togadia and has an uneasy relationship with RSS, was not present at the meeting.

Launching the campaign, Togadia said in his speech, "I am not talking about parties or leaders. I am talking about a constitutional arrangement by mobilising people and pressuring parties so that leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav have to bow down before Hindus."

To a question about speculation surrounding Narendra Modi as a future NDA prime ministerial candidate, Togadia said, "Anyone can dream of becoming a Prime Minister." He refused to comment on Modi's induction into the BJP central parliamentary board, terming it "too small a thing for us to comment upon".

In his speech, Bhagwat said, "Hindus are always ahead, but there are practical areas where we are lagging behind, such as building a Ram temple at Ayodhya."

Through the campaign, VHP aims to reach one lakh villages across the country. It stated that it has to play a bigger role in the country by aiming at dimensions of Hindu security such as food, education, job and other businesses.

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