Kanpur, Feb 16: After BJP's drubbing in the Delhi Assembly election, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat has decided to galvanise the cadre in UP and Bihar where elections are not far away. The BJP's parental organisation has also decided to strengthen its cadre by opening more 'shakhas' and associating more people with its ideologies.
The RSS chief claimed that it was the organistation's job to "unite the Hindu society" and this cannot be only through 'bhashans (lectures)'.
"The time has come when the entire society wants RSS and has expectations from it. To fulfill these expectations, the organisation must be expanded," Bhagwat said.
"Often the word 'show of strength' crops up. When we organise such programmes, it is said that these are show of strength by RSS. Those who do not have strength need to show it. We don't need to do that. We have our own strength. RSS moves ahead on the basis of its own strength. It is our 'atma darshan'," Bhagwat said.
He further added, "In history, we were not behind anyone, but a handful of people made us slaves. In the last meeting of the Constituent Assembly, Dr (BR) Ambedkar said that the country was not lagging behind in anything, but due to selfishness some people gifted it to the Britishers on a silver platter and unless we practice brotherhood the threat will continue."
The RSS leader said there was nothing new in the ideology of RSS. "The new thing is its method. There is so much diversity in the country, irrespective of caste, language or regional differences we all consider Bharat as mother. We say Bharat Mata ki jai," he said.
The RSS chief also invoked socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia in the meet and asked the cadre to unite entire nation without discriminating on the lines of language, caste, religion and consider everyone as Indian.
As the meeting came in the backdrop of the BJP's rout in Assembly polls in the national capital, the matter was also discussed during the meet.
"It's a pre-decided meeting in which all the active members of the RSS in eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh, right from Gorakhpur to Kanpur, will be participating," a RSS functionary had earlier said.
He said the meeting also included workers active in other organisations, including the BJP and VHP.
The meeting chalked out the organisation's future strategy. Bhagwat interacted with top leaders of affiliate groups such as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Bajrang Dal, the Durga Vahini and Majdoor Sangh.
(With inputs from PTI)