November 15, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
Jalandhar: After Haryana, the Bharatiya Janata Party is eyeing Punjab. The state will hold Assembly polls in 2017, and the party is gearing up to penetrate into the rural areas – the bastion of its ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal).
And for that BJP is banking on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). In recent times the Sangh has increased its activities in Punjab’s rural areas, running shakhas and organising camps to attract youths.
Moreover, the RSS has revived it’s controversial Sikh wing – the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat.
The BJP, which has support in Hindu dominated urban areas but its presence in rural areas is not that strong.
However, rural areas are considered to be the stronghold of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal). RSS has decided to start it’s daily activity called Shakha in rural areas of Punjab.
RSS activates are already on the rise in Punjab since formation of Narendra Modi led Hindutva government in India. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat has visited the state four times in recent times.
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