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Hindutva, soul of BJP: Venkaiah

Hindutva, soul of BJP: Venkaiah

Author: UNI
Publication: The Hindu
Date: January 12, 2004
URL: http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/00212200070.htm

Bharatiya Janata Party president Venkaiah Naidu has reiterated that Ram temple, Article 370 and the Common Civil Code were very much on the party's agenda and even though due to compulsion of the NDA coalition they could not be implemented, the party would keep on pursuing them.

In an interview to the RSS mouthpiece 'Panchjanya' just before the BJP's National Executive at Hyderabad, Naidu said that even Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has said that the Ram temple be constructed, but with a consensus.

According to Naidu "Hindutva is the soul of BJP, but not an election issue." He maintained that the party has not changed its ideology.

"Hindutva is a lifestyle. Hindutva is BJP's soul-force and India's soul. One cannot separate one's soul. But Hindutva is not an election issue and should not be made one. Hindutva is the BJP's fundamental ideology along with Ram temple construction, Article 370, Common Civil Code and is basic to its philosophy."

Referring to the secular coalition proposed by the Congress, he said that the Congress had tried many times earlier also to make such a coalition, but all its efforts had proved futile. He doubted the intentions of the Congress on secularism and said that it was all being done for the vote bank politics.

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