August 13, 2016 3:21:17 am
The attack on its deputy chief has left the Punjab RSS fuming at the state BJP, which, it claims, is defending the government for “lapses” that resulted in the attack.
Sources within the two groups say in its internal deliberations, the RSS has not minced any words in criticising the BJP-SAD state government for the “lackadaisical attitude” towards the security of Swayamsewaks in the state.
“It is not a question of going around with security personnel in tow, the government has enough means and wherewithal to ensure that a strict vigil is kept and intelligence apparatus is geared to anticipate such attacks. Clearly, the priorities have not been in the right perspective,” said a RSS functionary, requesting anonymity.
Another middle rung leader said that the RSS has time and again asked the state BJP to be more vocal in its partnership in the government and not be a passive member. “But the lust for power has affected some of our leaders even though they come from the cradle of RSS and owe their existence to this organisation. They need to get back to the basics and understand that the party and the Sangh are entwined,” he said.
The BJP, in response, said that there was no differences of views with the RSS in the state. “We come from the same stock, we imbibe our values from RSS. It is unthinkable for us to be in difference with it. It may be that some individuals may hold some different views but we have done everything in accord with the thinking prevalent in the sangh,” said Vineet Joshi, secretary of Punjab BJP and assistant media advisor to Punjab government.
Joshi said that it would be incorrect to say that the state BJP has been found lacking in its reaction to the attack on Gagneja.
“Immediately after the attack we had convened a meeting of all our office bearers upto district level in Ludhiana but for some reason we had to cancel it. We then convened a meeting of the core group of the party in Jalandhar where the attack was deliberated upon and measures to deal with it were discussed. We have conveyed our reservations in strongest possible terms to the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister and also met the Union Home Minister. In no way can the party’s response be termed as lacking,” said Joshi.
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