Recently appointed ‘controversial’ poll panel chief of National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Narendra Modi is likely to cover around hundred parliamentary constituencies across India to persuade citizens to vote for him.
Modi has chosen a special day, Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Dr Syama Prasada Mukherjee’s 60th death anniversary and place, to start his journey, village in Pathankot district on the Punjab-Jammu & Kashmir state border.
Observers see this as clear sign of importance Modi attributes to state of J&K and Article 370.
Reportedly in a speech at Dussehra rally in 2010, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh(RSS) sarsangchalak Mohan Bhagwat had suggested that it is the ‘solution to Kashmir problem’ that topped the priority list of RSS.
Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee, the first person to have advocated the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India is suddenly back in national limelight, 60 years after he died ‘mysteriously’ in a jail in Kashmir. But the saffron outfits have till date stuck to their leader’s stand, demanding repealing of controversial section which stipulates special laws for the trouble-torn region.
“We have never relented from our stand on Kashmir. It is an integral part of India, and the RSS wants special status to be withdrawn in a phased manner, if not at one go,” a senior RSS functionary told Dailybhaskar.com.
“We hope that Modiji will realize the dreams of the Mukherjee and RSS,” the RSS leader from Delhi unit added.
India Today magazine, on the other hand, quotes its sources claiming that by focusing on Centre’s policy on Kashmir, Modi will attract the eyes of international media, besides diverting people’s attention away from internal difference within the BJP.