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BJP, RSS to focus attention on Kashmir
Struggle for office of CM
7/6/2019 11:59:46 PM
Early Times Report
jammu, July 6: In the just-held Lok Sabha polls, the BJP suffered a humiliating defeat in the Kashmir Valley. It had fielded its candidates belonging to the majority community in the majority community dominated Kashmir. All the three lost their security deposits. They together got about 20,000 votes, 2.96 per cent of votes out of the total votes polled. The poor performance of the BJP in the Valley debunked its oft-repeated claim that it had 3 lakh members in the Kashmir Valley. The dismal performance has forced the BJP and the RSS, its mentor, to rethink and focus its attention on Kashmir.
Sources within the party say that "the top brass is keen on improving its voter tally in the Kashmir valley to realize its dream of forming its own government in the state". "The RSS wants to achieve its primary aim of connecting with the Muslim majority Kashmiri population to help the BJP capture the top executive office in the state," sources further revealed.
"We want to send across a clear message, 'It is not about Hindus, it is about nationalism. We want to reach out to the local Kashmiri population and tell them that they belong to us", a senior RSS leader has been quoted as saying.
Out of 89 Assembly seats in the state, Jammu region accounts for 37 seats while Kashmir valley sends 46 legislators in the state legislature. Four seats are filled from Ladakh region.
At the micro level, in the last five years, RSS has managed to engage a large number of people in the region and has also improved its presence by conducting special classes in remote areas.
After the formation of BJP-PDP government in the state, the RSS had launched its special drive in the state with the sole objective of reaching out to the large sections of society in all three regions of the state. The top brass of the RSS organized series of programs and regularly visited the state to review the performance of its state unit. On several occasions, even national level meetings were organized to push its core agenda and send across a tough message that RSS is working on its core agenda of integrating Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.
Special emphasis was laid on finding a foothold in the cold desert region of Ladakh and different parts of Kashmir valley.
According to insiders, "the total number of 'RSS shakhas' in the state increased from 370 to 500 in the last four years".
As of now, the RSS, according to an insider, "is running around 300 Shakhas in Jammu and Ladakh on a daily basis and more than 100 such shakhas are organized on weekly basis, besides similar events are organized at different places on monthly basis keeping in mind the hilly terrain and strength of volunteers in the area.
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