March 24, 2021 2:56:18 am
Flagging off key concerns raised at the recent RSS meet in Nagpur, senior RSS functionaries on Monday warned the BJP that inputs from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, where Assembly elections are due in 2015 and 2016 respectively, point to the party’s support base coming under stress.
In a meeting held here — the first since the RSS’s Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha — RSS functionaries told key BJP ministers that “consolidation” of Hindu society would protect the BJP’s existing support base and strengthen it.
It was decided to set up a monitoring cell to ensure that the BJP-led government’s initiatives and functioning were in line with the expectations of the workers. In order to strengthen the base in Bihar and retain its support base in UP, it was decided to establish Social Harmony Committees in every district, which would work for the unity of Hindu society. With the RSS top brass meet in Nagpur resolving to transcend caste division in Hindu society, these committees will work with the motto, “one temple, one well, one crematorium” for all Hindus, sources said.
At the meeting held at Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s residence, Sangh’s second-in-command and general secretary Suresh Bhayyaji Joshi, joint general secretaries Krishna Gopal and Suresh Soni also conveyed to the ministers that there was overall a positive feedback to the the functioning of Narendra Modi-led government. “However, there is an element of demoralisation among the workers. The Sangh and the BJP will work together to ensure that the government is functioning to the workers’ satisfaction,” said a source. The monitoring cell to be established by the RSS was asked to resolve this matter.
From the BJP, the meeting was attended by party president chief Amit Shah, general secretaries Ram Lal and Ram Madhav, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Gadkari. Apart from the ways to strengthen the party’s base in various states, an analysis of the debacle in Delhi Assembly polls was also on the agenda. The situation arising out of the new land bill also came up for detailed discussion.
The leaders decided to organise an year-long birth centenary celebration of Madhukar Dattatreya Deoras, popularly called Balasaheb Deoras. The newly elected Sah sarkaryavah V Bhagaiah would be in charge of the celebration. The appointment of Bhagaiah, the sole OBC face in the RSS leadership, is significant as it is seen as a part of the Sangh’s attempt to keep the backward communities close to the BJP. “Such meetings to exchange views on important matters take place between Sangh and BJP from time to time. It was a meeting where routine matters were discussed,” Ram Madhav said later.
To another question on fear among minorities in the wake of attacks on religious places, he said, “No one is in fear. All are safe in this country, including minorities. The Centre and state governments are responsible for safety of minorities and other members of society. Both will ensure the security and safety of all residents of the country,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)
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