New Delhi: BJP's ideological arm RSS has advised the right-wing political leaders to maintain sobriety and to show tolerance towards agitating farmers and be aloof from provoking minority communities keeping in mind the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, The Indian Express reported.
Reports suggested that senior RSS leaders are said to have reminded BJP leadership of the need of maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in UP, particularly in Western UP where the farmers' protest against the contentious farm laws has intensified. This message is said to have been conveyed to BJP leaders and its MPs and MLAs in a series of meeting the RSS leaders held with them.
RSS is of the view that the government's stand against the farmers' protest which created a perception it is hostile towards Jats and Sikhs in parts of UP will have an adverse impact on BJP.
Referring to RSS joint general secretary Krishna Gopal the Indian Express report reads that the leader during his meetings with the BJP leaders underlined the need for the party to calm down the tempers among the protesting farmers.
Despite the raucous mood created by the government hesitancy to heed the agitating farmers' demand and the subsequent actions, the leaders still hope that the party could garner overwhelming votes from western Uttar Pradesh. The leaders think the farm laws were not the only issue that may play a decisive role.
However, the recent death of four farmers in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident may have worsened the situation.
Sources in the BJP acknowledged that party leaders were still divided over attempts by a section to link the protesters to Khalistani separatists. "This has further damaged the party's image in the Sikh community. Although the BJP is not nursing high hopes about electoral gains in Punjab, antagonising all minority communities does not go down well for the party," said a senior BJP leader.