Sources at the RSS and BJP told FE on Wednesday BJP has been told in clear terms that it should not deviate from the Hindutva agenda. BJP has also been asked to bury hatchets among their leaders and workers and work in unity for the partys victory to defeat the Congress party at the national and state levels. Apart from terrorism, current economic slowdown will be the major issues to take on the Congress and its allies.
As far as BJPs alliances with various parties, RSS has asked the party to strike such alliances quickly so that NDA becomes strong. Incidentally, RSS, which had taken a serious objection against Advanis praise for Pakistans architect Barrister Jinah, has already pardoned off the latter and decided to be pro-active in Advanis elevation to the PMs post.
BJP sources said RSSs active support will be quite crucial to consolidate its position especially in states where BJP has lost recent assembly elections or where the party organisation is quite weak. According to sources, BJP will focus on projecting the UPA Governments failure in handling the cross border terrorism and internal security especially against the backdrop of 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai. The Lankan issue and not trying to bring a ceasefire in the island nation will also be taken up especially in the southern states. The BJP would also grill the Congress on the issue of price rise of the essential commodities.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra BJP unit has told the RSS that its over two decade electoral ally, the Shiv Sena has humiliated the party on several occasions and it was not keen in continuing the tie up. BJP sources said that the party would try to forge alliance in the ensuing elections in the larger interest of NDA eventhough the party leaders and workers have been making strong demand for contesting elections alone.
In a related development, Shiv Sena, which until recently is sending strong signals of its tie up with the Nationalist Congress Party, has now relented and deputed former Lok Sabha speaker Manohar Joshi and Sena legislator Subhash Desai to hold seat sharing talks with the BJP.