BJP Netas at Hindutva Rallies in a BJP-Shinde Led Maharashtra: What’s at Play? ( The Quint )

The Sakal Hindu Samaj, comprising of the VHP and Bajrang Dal, has organised 31 rallies across state since November.

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Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh at the Hindu Jan Akrosh Morcha in Mumbai on Sunday, 29 January.
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hree months, 12 districts, 31 rallies — almost six months after the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government came to power in the state, right-wing Hindu outfits have unitedly taken to streets across districts to demand for two specific issues from their own government — laws against ‘love jihad’ and ‘land jihad’.

The latest demonstration in the series of rallies called the Hindu Jan Akrosh Morcha was attended by at least 10,000 participants as the police claimed, in the capital city of Mumbai. With anti-Muslim slogans and chants to demand formulation of laws, the outfits under the umbrella body of Sakal Hindu Samaj (SHS) marched from Shivaji Park in Dadar to Kamgar Maidan in Prabhadevi.

But like several of these rallies, the most striking presence was that of prominent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of Maharashtra and Mumbai, along with leaders of the Shinde faction.
In a conversation with those present at the rally, including BJP leaders, right-wing outfits, and political experts, the article will take a closer look at the the following aspects of the matter:

The Rise of Right-wing Rallies and the Show of Strength in Mumbai

BJP MP Gopal Shetty, MLA and Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar, MLC Pravin Darekar, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya, and former corporator and Shinde faction leader Sheetal Mhatre, were among the several alliance leaders who attended the rally in Mumbai on Sunday.

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