'RSS has now changed its priority from Ram temple to Kashmir': Shiv Sena says Sangh's approach fits narrative in country

  • The Shiv Sena said the Sangh's changed approach suits the country

  • Shiv Sena also underlined the need to have a stable government to prevent recurrence of Pulwama-like incidents

  • The Shiv Sena also questioned if the Ram temple will be constructed even after 2019 elections

Mumbai: Latching onto a news report, the Shiv Sena Saturday said the RSS' "new stand" to temporarily put the Ram Mandir issue on the back-burner and give "priority" to Kashmir in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack fits the current narrative in the country. The Sena said the Sangh's changed approach in a way suits the country given the proposed mega alliance of Congress and other parties could never provide stability and bring peace in the country.

 RSS has now changed its priority from Ram temple to Kashmir: Shiv Sena says Sanghs approach fits narrative in country

File photo of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. PTI

However, claiming that no damage was inflicted on Pakistan in the last five years, a Sena editorial in "Saamana" questioned the need to repeat the "slogan" to elect a "stable government and a strong prime minister", which was raised ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Sena also underlined the need to have a stable government in the country to prevent recurrence of Pulwama-like incidents. At least 40 troopers of the CRPF were killed in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir in a worst terror attack in the Valley on 14 February.  In the editorial, the Sena also said that "the country is more important than God", an apparent U-turn from its 'Pehle mandir, fir sarkaar' stand, days after sealing a pre-poll pact with the BJP.

The party also questioned if the Ram temple will be constructed even after 2019 elections. "Sangh parivar has decided to kept aside the Ram temple issue and give attention to topics like Pulwama and Kashmir. RSS also feels that the country needs a strong and a stable government to solve the problems of Kashmir," it said. Sangh feels terrorism cannot be defeated unless there is a stable government and a strong prime minister at the Centre, the editorial said.

"RSS feels terrorism cannot be uprooted unless there is a stable government and a strong Prime Minister. It also feels that without a strong government, Pakistan cannot be taught a lesson and issues concerning Kashmir cannot be resolved," it said. Sena referred to a news report which claimed that Sangh now wants its volunteers to bring awareness among people about Pulwama attack instead of talking about construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

"RSS now feels that attention of people should be diverted from issues like construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya; implementation of a Uniform Civil Code; (abrogation of) article 370 etc. to issues like Kashmir, Pulwama, and electing a stable government," it said. Taking a dig at BJP, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said the current "strong" dispensation at Centre failed to put a leash on Pakistan in the last five years. "The current situation in Kashmir is worse than ever before in the last 70 years. Forget about 'gharwapsi' (homecoming) of Kashmiri Pandits, now even Muslim youths are migrating from Kashmir in search of jobs," it said.

Unabated terrorism in the northern state has resulted into lack of jobs, the Sena said, adding that youths are forced to move out of Kashmir in search of employment due to terrorism. "Some of these youths have chosen to pick up guns for employment which is unfortunate for the country," it added. The Sena further said people voted BJP to power in 2014 hoping that having a stable government and a strong prime minister was the need of the hour, but the situation in Kashmir deteriorated fast.

"People of the country need to be explained why a leash could not be put on Pakistan's activities in the last five years while going to them again with the slogan of electing a strong government and BJP in power. "A stable government was in place when Uri and Pathankot terror attacks took place, and the same government is in power at the time of Pulwama also," the editorial said. Referring to an unusual tie-up between BJP and PDP of Mehbooba Mufti to form a government in Jammu & Kashmir, the Sena said there was immense discord over the move at that time. "However, the reason for the alliance cited was to bring stability and peace in Kashmir. The situation, in fact, worsened," the editorial said.

The Sena said the people are now wondering what "new experiment" will be tried out in Kashmir. "It is fact that we could not cut the crooked tail of Pakistan in the last five years. RSS' slogan of 'first Kashmir then mandir' suits the country now because the proposed mega alliance experiment of Opposition would not be able to provide stability and bring peace. However, the question remains whether the temple will be built in Ayodhya after 2019 polls?" the Sena questioned. In a bid to brandish Hindutva credentials of Sena, Thackeray had last year visited Ayodhya and questioned "inaction" on part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP to construct a Ram temple. Thackeray's visit to the temple town in November took place within a month of Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat demanding a law to construct Ram temple.

Updated Date: Feb 23, 2019 21:27:35 IST