NEW DELHI, MAR 20 (PTI)
Ahead of BJP leader L K Advani’s ‘Yatra’ from Gujarat against the UPA Government’s "minority appeasement" policies, the state VHP has charged Chief Minister Narendra Modi with pursuing "anti-Hindu" policies and following the former party Chief’s "Jinnah way".
Taking strong exception to the alleged arrest of many prominent Hindu saints in Bhavnagar district for holding tridents in a Ram Navami procession today, VHP Gujarat General Secretary Jaideep Patel said "if this is the way to project a secular image, we oppose it." In a strongly-worded statement released here, Patel said it was not for the first time that Modi had "exhibited his deep love for Muslim appeasement" and recalled how police had "lathicharged Hindus on Gokul Ashtami in Amreli district and got Banaskantha police to pressure Mathura police to arrest Sadhvi Ritambhara for her Palanpur speech of 1991." In the recent civic polls in the state, Modi actively gave tickets to and campaigned for Gujarati Muslim candidates following which 19 Muslims have now become party councillors, the VHP leader said.
"While Advani saluted Jinnah, Modi celebrated his birthday with Muslims in Chennai", it said and announced plans to stage a sit-in against the "anti-Hindu policy of the Modi Government" reflected in the arrest of Hindu religious leaders.
The VHP had all along been in the forefront of projecting Modi as the ‘Hindutva Hero’ but of late has fallen out over his "growing proximity" with Advani.