BJP Downplays Allies Objection On Hindutva

New Delhi, June 27 | Updated: Jun 28 2004, 05:39am hrs
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has tried to downplay the objections raised by its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on the issue of Hindutva. At the recent BJP national executives conclave in Mumbai, the party had resolved to go back to the core ideology of Hindutva, and this has not been taken very kindly by its allies.

BJP spokesman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, however, said that there was no question of going back to Hindutva since we had never given up Hindutva. It was and is our ideology. Many BJP allies, including Janata Dal (United) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) , have expressed concern over the BJPs reverting to Hindutva.

Former consumer affairs minister Sharad Yadav told a television channel that his party would rethink alliance with the BJP if it reverted back to Hindutva. On Saturday, the BJD also expressed similar views.

Mr Naqvi sees such apprehensions in the minds of the allies as a result of communication gap. In any case, whatever differences seem to be with the allies will soon be sorted out, he said.

Hindutva is about cultural nationalism and not religion, Mr Naqvi said.