ABVP plans in­roads in Ker­ala

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Nation - Sm­riti Kak Ra­machan­dran let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: Stepping up its of­fen­sivea­gain­stKer­ala’sLeft­gov­ern­ment, the RSS is push­ing its stu­dents’ wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vid­yarthi Par­ishad (ABVP), to the front lines of its cam­paign in the state.

TheABVPhas­called­forar­ally in Thiruvananthapuram on Novem­ber 11 to highlight the at­tack­son­theright-wing­cadrein the coastal state, al­legedly by their left-wing coun­ter­parts.

Equat­ing ‘Marx­ism with ter­ror­ism and anti-na­tion­al­ism’ is a leit­mo­tif of the rally, which the right-wing out­fit hopes would be at­tend­ed­bystu­dents­fro­macross In­dia, in­clud­ing those who do sub­scribe to the ABVP ide­ol­ogy.

ABVP is fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the BJP and the RSS by high­light­ing the al­leged vi­o­lence by Left cadres in the state and of­fer­ing it­self as an al­ter­na­tive to other stu­dent bod­ies.

In the last year’s state elec­tion, af­ter the BJP won its first ever seat in Ker­ala assem­bly, at­tribut­ed­large­ly­tothe­ground­workof theRSS­cadre,theABVP­too­saw a change in its for­tune on col­lege cam­puses; par­tic­u­larly in the north­ern part of Kan­nur, which has been a hot­bed of left-right wing clashes.

Af­ter a decade of no-show, the ABVP­won11ofthe16seatsinthe Kan­nur Univer­sity union polls.

De­spite these elec­toral gains, the or­gan­i­sa­tion does not have the same fol­low­ing has left-wing stu­dent bod­ies do, which is per­haps a rea­son why the ABVP is bank­ing on stu­dents from other states to lend sup­port to its show of strength.

“Our mem­ber­ship is grow­ing...we will soon have over one lakhmem­bersinthes­tate.Weare fight­ing for the ‘pride of Ker­ala’ and even those stu­dents who were not af­fil­i­ated to any fac­tion are will­ing to join us,” said Ash­win Rad­hakr­ish­nan, the joint or­gan­is­ingsec­re­tary­oftheABVP in Ker­ala.

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