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Is He Pseudo-Communal?

Vajpayee appears to be extending an olive branch to the "secular" parties to dethrone the Congress

Is He Pseudo-Communal?
Tribhuvan Tiwari
Is He Pseudo-Communal?
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Atal Behari Vajpayee's inflexible stance on Gujarat is being seen within the Sangh parivar as deft political manoeuvring aimed at forging an alliance of NDA, UPA and third front constituents to replace the incumbent government. Says the VHP's Pravin Togadia: "All his recent moves point in this direction." The RSS too shares this view. Their interpretation is quite simple: Vajpayee's move is seen as an attempt to woo Muslims; and his Gujarat statement is meant to attract the "secular" parties. Says RSS spokesman Ram Madhav: "Our objection is with the analysis that the Gujarat violence was responsible for the poor show in the elections."

Of course, if this involves a break with what the RSS describes as its core ideology, Vajpayee, going by his recent statements, seems rather keen on it. In the last few years, Vajpayee's stated positions have rankled the Sangh parivar on a series of issues. Witness the RSS's open criticism of his "appeasement" of Muslims, of his critical statements on Gujarat, of his "inability" to build a temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and the...
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