06 August, 2021

Slice Of Geography

An RSS front, riding on trifurcation, skews the poll scenario

Slice Of Geography
Despite the stated opposition by both the central government and the BJP high command, the RSS is going ahead full steam with its movement for trifurcation of J&K, under the banner of Jammu State Morcha, a conglomerate of 27 Jammu-based organisations. By demanding that the Hindu-dominated Jammu be hived off from the Valley, the RSS hopes to reinforce its image as the guardian of Hindu interests. While differences between the RSS and the BJP have cropped up earlier, this is the first instance of a 'head-on' confrontation between the two.

For the BJP, the Jammu State Morcha is a double-edged sword. The consolidation of the Hindu vote in the backdrop of the recent militant killings—and thanks to its fraternal outfit, the RSS, playing the politics of trifurcation—is bound to help the BJP prop itself up in the state. But not if the Sangh-sponsored morcha participates in the polls. For, it would cut into the party's votebank.

The RSS, however, believes that floating the Jammu State Morcha is the only way to rescue the BJP from a wipeout in the forthcoming assembly...

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