Hindu Mahasabha will contest all 224 seats in Karnataka in the upcoming election, said its state president Rajesh Pavithran.
Rajesh Pavithran of Hindu Mahasabha told reporters here on Tuesday that the forum has decided to contest the election against the ‘anti-Hindu government’. ABHM will seek the support of various like-minded organizations including Raitha Sangha, he said.
They accused the BJP and opposition parties of hatching conspiracies to suppress the Hindu Mahasabha. “The increasing popularity of Hindu Mahasabha has caused fear among them.
“A list of 83 candidates will be released during a program to be held in Bengaluru in January. Former Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy will attend the program in Bengaluru,” he said.
Rajesh Pavithran accused the BJP and opposition parties of working to suppress the Hindu Mahasabha saying “The increasing popularity of Hindu Mahasabha has caused fear among them. Hence, attempts are being made to prevent the activities of our leaders by framing false charges against them. Our members are being jailed on false charges without any evidence. Let the ruling party and secular parties face us in the election instead of backstabbing,” he said.
Who is the Hindu Mahasabha?
The Hindu Mahasabha (officially Akhil Bhārat Hindū Mahāsabhā, lit. ’All-India Hindu Grand Assembly’) is a Hindu nationalist political party in India.
Founded in 1915, the Mahasabha functioned mainly as a pressure group advocating the interests of orthodox Hindus before the British Raj and within the Indian National Congress.
In the 1930s, it rose as a distinct party under the leadership of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, who developed the far-right ideology of Hindutva (“Hinduness”) and became a fierce opponent of the secular nationalism embraced by Congress.
During the Second World War, the Mahasabha supported the British war effort and briefly entered coalitions with the Muslim League in provincial and central councils. Congress and other parties were against the Hindu Mahasabha due to fascist aggression.
After the assassination of Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi by Hindu Mahasabha activist Nathuram Godse, the Mahasabha’s fortunes diminished in Indian politics, and it was soon eclipsed by the Bharatiya Jana Sangh.
While Congress opposed the 1947 partition of India and sought the establishment of a secular and united state named Hindusthan with the same rights for citizens without regard to religion, the Hindu Mahasabha is not for equal rights of all citizens.