Mangalore, Jan 28: As the BJP prepares to face elections in Karnataka in next three months, its mother organisation RSS (Rashtriya Swayam Sevak) is holding a massive convention in Mangalore in Feb. The convention will benefit the ruling BJP to consolidate its vote base as the RSS provides grassroots workers and political strategy.
The Vibhag Sanghik convention on Feb 3 is being held in the year of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
The Vibhag Maha Sanghik will be first of its kind in the history of RSS, where a gathering of 1,00, 000 Swayamsevaks are expected from Mangalore region which comprises four revenue districts - Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu and partly Kasaragod (Kerala).
The sanghik to be held at Gurupura near Mangalore's Bajpe airport on Feb 3, will be addressed by RSS Sarasanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat.
For this important convention, Swayamsevaks have covered nearly 1100 towns and villages in the region to bring big participation. The canvassing is being done without banners or pamphlets but by house to house visits. The region saw its first RSS unit way back in 1940 and since the organisation has been involved in education, cooperative sector and religious activities. In fact, the BJP won its first Lok Sabha seat from South India in Mangalore.
The preparations for the meeting are being held under the leadership of Dr Vaman Shenoy. It will be held in a 65 acre area, which will house main convention hall, huge kitchen, a dining hall and parking area.