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ManuAiyappa Kanathanda | TNN | Bengaluru | Oct 24, 2020:: Tejasvi Surya, who was recently appointed as the president of BJP’s national youth wing, BJYM, is confident of repaying the trust of the party and motivating workers. The Bengaluru South MP spoke to TOI about the new challenges he believes India faces, alleged censorship on social media and his controversial terror hub remarks.
All parties say that young leaders of today are the leaders of tomorrow. This tomorrow never arrives in other parties. BJP always encourages youths who have a strong ideological commitment and work their way up the organisational ladder. It made me the youngest MP and the youngest BJYM chief. I will live up to the party’s expectations.
Q: After taking charge of BJYM, you said you would work towards building political workers for 21st-century India. What does it mean?
There are challenges in every century and politicians must face them. The 20th century, for instance, was about winning independence and taking India forward. The 21st century has challenges from various technologies. The future of jobs, family structures and societies will be radically affected by them. Even the Hindutva ideology needs evolution. So, we want to train our young party workers how to articulate and confront these new challenges.
Q: You campaigned in Bihar. What are Nitish Kumar’s prospects, considering that differences have emerged in NDA?
There is no rift in NDA. Our party has made it clear that Nitish Kumar is the CM candidate. There’s no doubt: NDA will return to power in Bihar with a comfortable majority.
Q: You planned ‘Nabbana Chalo Abhiyaan’ in Kolkata against Mamata Banerjee?
No. It was a great success for BJYM as the entire country noticed it and politicians from other states reacted. The people of Bengal are fed up with Mamata Banerjee and the writing on the wall is clear: BJP will form the government in 2021.
Q: You were severely criticised for calling Bengaluru an epicentre of terror activities.
Only Congress and JD(S) criticised me to please their vote banks. The NIA chargesheet clearly said that ISIS recruited members from the city. Other terror outfits are also using the city as an incubator. An MLA’s house was burnt overnight. Was it not an act of terror? People of Bengaluru have elected me to protect their interests and safety.
Q: You asked the Centre to protect Indian content on social media.
Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram put together have about 80 crore users in India, enjoying a monopoly. On the pretext of curbing hate speech and fake news, social media giants are censoring content. We cannot let them control the public discourse in India. It poses dangers to our sovereignty and free electoral process. Therefore, I have asked the Centre to revisit rules.
Q: Some sections of the Indian diaspora protested your inclusion as a speaker at a startup conference in Germany, calling you a polarising figure.
Some three letter-pad organisations, which have no grassroots strength, create a controversy whenever a nationalist Indian participates in conferences abroad. My talk at the startup event had nothing to do with politics.
Q: A rebellion is reportedly brewing in Karnataka BJP. Why is the top brass silent?
Why should it bother when there is no discussion on leadership change? There is no rebellion in the party. Yediyurappa will complete his full term and we will win the bypolls and council elections.
Post Script: On record, the new BJP’s youth front (Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha – BJYM) all India president Tejasvi Surya is a Hindutva prodigy. But, don’t know whether BJP young generation will stuck into Secularism for an Evolution of Hindutva under any pressure? Almighty must save Hindutva from Political tyranny and rivalry. ~ Upananda Brahmachari.