RSS to hold rally in Kashmir ‘in early May’
In a bid to "expand its base" in Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the Valley, the right-wing RashtriyaSwayamsewakSangh—the parent organization of the Bharatiya Janata Party—has decided to hold a rally in Kashmir, sources told Greater Kashmir on Sunday.
"The decision to hold a rally in the Valley was taken during a meeting of RSS functionaries at Varanasi recently. The meeting was also attended by BJP President Amit Shah," they said. "The timing of the proposed rally was fixed as early May."
A functionary of RSS said the aim of the rally is to "make people aware about the programmes and policies of the organization."
"The state functionaries of RSS were told to get serious about the rally and make it successful," he said.
Sources said the RSS has also directed MRM, one of its units in J&K, to "activate its members in the state."
Nazir Ahmed Mir, State Convener of MRM—who also attended the Varanasi meeting of RSS—confirmed the development. "The decision to hold a rally in Kashmir was taken after majority of members made a strong plea for the same," he said. "In addition to the May rally, some other programmes have also been suggested in the meeting for Jammu and Kashmir." He added: "MRM has around 22,000 registered members in Kashmir and they all are being activated for successful conduct of the proposed event."
"Apart from Indresh Kumar, the senior RSS leader, several RSS and MRM functionaries from different parts of the country will also be attending the rally."