RSS-BJP meet at Ahmedabad ahead of BJP's national executive to finetune strategy

Ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s national executive meeting to be held in New Delhi on 6 and 7 January and the upcoming Assembly elections in seven states, the last three days of the ongoing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) meeting of the top brass in Ahmedabad seems to be of immense importance in terms of planning and strategy.

According to an RSS source, the low profile meeting between the Sangh’s senior functionaries including Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat and senior BJP leaders will delve into the "current economic and political issues impacting the country’s political domain", on 4 and 5 January.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

"It’s expected that during the meet, two resolutions will be adopted: An economic one related to demonetisation and a political one on the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. Besides, the deteriorating governance, and law and order situation in West Bengal — especially after the attack on BJP office by TMC workers — will be a talking point," the source said.  The impact of demonetisation will be a major point of discussion both at the RSS meet and at the BJP national executive. Facing heat from the Opposition, the BJP will bring out a resolution supporting demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes at its two-day national executive meeting beginning Friday.

Moreover, it’s the pressure from the Sangh-affiliated bodies like Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Swadeshi Jagran Manch etc, who had been vocal on the ill-preparedness of demonetisation plan and its cascading effect on the poor, the labourers, daily wagers and small farmers, that ensured the RSS to discuss it with the BJP.

The ongoing meeting has a special relevance as the deliberations during the brainstorming sessions will chart the course of action both for the BJP’s top meet in Delhi and ground-level poll strategy for Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and the other other poll-bound states, besides deciding the organisation’s role in the upcoming elections.

For the past four days, the meeting venue — Chharodi Gurukul on SG Road in Ahmedabad has been abuzz with the presence of top RSS functionaries — Mohan Bhagawat, Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi, Dattatreya Hosabale, Suresh Soni, Krishna Gopal, etc and BJP leaders Ram Lal and Ram Madhav. The meeting began on 3 January. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the valedictory session.

"It’s a routine affair in the RSS. Before an election, the Sangh’s senior functionaries discuss issues and plans with those leaders in BJP who have been a part of RSS and are on deputation in the party. This time Ahmedabad has been selected as the meeting venue because Mohan Bhagwat is on an eight-day Gujarat tour to review the annual working of the Sangh and its affiliates in this zone," an RSS functionary said.

The Sangh has divided the country into 11 zones and under each zone there are three to four 'prants' (units) and the RSS chief tours throughout the year to review functioning and activities of the Sangh in each zone.

The meeting between Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and Bhagwat on Tuesday is seen as an important development in terms of planning ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls this year.
"Rupani had a meeting with Bhagwat and various issues were discussed from impact of demonetisation in Gujarat to the state’s preparedness for the upcoming election and strengthening of RSS-BJP coordination in the state," said a source privy to the meeting.

Published Date: Jan 04, 2017 14:49 PM | Updated Date: Jan 04, 2017 14:49 PM

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