The State unit of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is planning to create a Hindu vote bank in Tamil Nadu before the next Parliament elections to compel the mainstream political parties to include the needs of Hindus in their agenda.
Addressing the press on the sidelines of the VHP’s South zone meeting, its national advisor S Vedantham said, the Hindus are separated by caste and are very susceptible to external forces which take advantage of the situation and convert them to other religions unlike other religions where people unite when an external influence tries to exploit them.
However, in Hinduism, exploitation was taken for granted owing to the caste separation and this had resulted in loss of rights and benefits for a majority of Hindus. Citing Kerala’s growing minority aggression upon majority people, he said by 2030, Hindus in Kerala would become a minority. Already, educational institutions and industries were in the hands of minorities, affecting the welfare of majority Hindus.
Vedantham said, “We have decided to concentrate in organising the Hindu groups and work towards their welfare.” The organisation has already made inroads in TN through the Village Pujaris Association which has around one lakh members.
The VHP leader also questioned the secularism followed by the central government upon its spending in the Haj pilgrimage every year. Around `317 crore was spent every year on the tours despite the Supreme Court directive to control the expenditure. “Even Muslim countries are not supporting the Haji tour across the world.” He questioned the government’s intention toward the Haj pilgrimage when all other religions were discriminated against.