Hindu convention in Hubli from Jan 27

Hindu convention in Hubli from Jan 27

Meet assumes significance in the light of bickerings in State BJP

Saffron flags will dot Hubli City for three days from January 27 with scores of Swayamsevaks assembling to attend Hindu Shakti Sangam programme. This is going to be the biggest Sangh Parivar convention after the one in Bangalore in 2009.

As many as 17,000 Swayamsevaks have registered to take part in the convention, while another 3,000 may do so in the days to come. RSS has two pranths (division) in the State - north and south. The Hubli convention is being organised by the north division.

The convention will focus on strengthening the organisation at all levels, discuss ways to face the threats being faced by Hindu society (meaning country) and unite Hindus by inculcating the spirit of Hinduism among others. RSS national chief Mohan Bhagwat and senior leader Bhayyaji Joshi will participate.

Members of Vishwa Hindu Parishat, ABVP, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and the RSS will participate.

Tents are being put up on 120 acres of land at Tarihal industrial area, about 6.5 km from the Hubli bus station. Tents will come up at 17 ‘nagaras’ (localities) to be created at the venue. Each ‘nagara’ will accommodate 2,000 swayamsevaks.

A contractor from Uttar Pradesh has been entrusted with the task of putting up tents.
“The contractor installs tents in large numbers during kumbh mela at Prayag. So, we have chosen the same person to do the job in Hubli. The Swayamsevaks will prepare food for the participants. The total budget for the convention is about Rs two crore,” he said.

The ruling BJP is facing a number of crises since the mining report of the Lokayukta became public and B S Yeddyurappa had to step down, following court cases.

Will the RSS convention help in bringing a rapprochement among BJP leaders or boost the image of the party government?

“No. RSS is not into politics. There is misconception about Hindutva and RSS. The Sangh Parivar convention will explain how Hinduism functions in a country like India where both plurality and democracy exist,” said Dr Vaman Acharya, senior BJP leader.

But the fact remains that RSS leaders worked overtime on Wednesday in Bangalore to make the warring BJP leaders - Yeddyurappa and State BJP President K S Eshwarappa - sit together and talk to ensure that no further damage is done to the government.

It is no more a secret that the BJP government has been promoting its ‘saffron agenda’. Despite strong opposition from the Congress and a section of writers and intellectuals, the government conducted Bhagavad Gita Abhiyan in government educational institutions. Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda has announced that the government would consider including the Gita in the curriculum.