Ex-AAP leader: India has RSS rule, not BJP rule

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 05, 2019, 11:40 AM

Ashutosh Lok Sabha Elections 2019
Former spokesperson of the Aam Aadmi Party, Ashutosh, who left the party citing personal reasons, which are believed to be linked to his desire to return to the field of journalism and reporting, recently launched his book “Hindu Rashtra”, which traces the regime of the incumbent government and their propagation of Hindutva ideology as opposed to the secular ideology practiced in the country previously. 
 
Ashutosh, at a panel discussion shared with prominent personalities such as noted journalist Rajdeep Sardesai and political scientist Zoya Hasan, soon after the release of his third book, said that the upcoming general elections will witness a war between the “secular, liberal Hindus” and the Hindutva ideology. He further claimed that the fight is not between “Hindus and Muslims”, as that fight has already been won to a large extent.
 
The former politician states his beliefs on how the country is ruled by the right-wing parent organisation of the BJP, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, who are striving to convert India to a Hindu power, by way of a “constitutional takeover with elected autocrats running the show”, and resulting in the normalisation of hate, one which is fundamental to RSS ideology, with examples such as the high incidences of mob lynching. 
 
Ashutosh contested the Lok Sabha Elections in 2014 from the Chandni Chowk constituency, but lost to Harsh Vardhan of the BJP. Reports from various sources claimed that among his reasons to resign from the party was his apparent anger at being denied a Rajya Sabha ticket. However, AAP founder Kejriwal refused to accept the resignation, and was reported as “not letting him go in this lifetime”. 
 


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