RSS offers BJP two-year respite but differences on Centre's policies continue

The parent body of the BJP is aware of the huge expectations built up on the government. In view of the elections scheduled in some states it would need to keep the flock together through tough talk while winking at some compromises being made to woo the voter.

Chandrakant Naidu August 05, 2014 16:28:56 IST
RSS offers BJP two-year respite but differences on Centre's policies continue

Bhopal: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will sustain its Hindutva hardline and the stated position on issues like GM crops, Land Acquisition Act and FDI in defence or retail trade and yet allow the BJP government come to terms with the task of running a socialist, secular dispensation that conflicts with its ideological upbringing.

The leaders of the parent body clarified that both the RSS and the BJP can pursue their business without conflict or complaints as there was clarity on the concept and ideology of Hindutva and national development. The RSS will continue to influence its workers whether they are in the parent organisation, the party or the government.

RSS offers BJP twoyear respite but differences on Centres policies continue

Members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. AFP

The four-day national executive conference of the RSS that concluded in Bhopal on Sunday with a message to affiliates like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad (VKP), Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) and Bharatiya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh( BKMS) to put off all agitations for two years in view of the administrative compulsions of the BJP. In the event of urgency on any issue the representatives of the parivar can directly contact the concerned minister to resolve the matter.

Most speakers were all fire and brimstone while criticising the two-month old Narendra Modi government for not sticking to the ideological line in dealing with issues like the role of MNCs and showing inclination to accept FDI in defence and retail. Some speakers went as far as suggesting that the government was crumbling under US pressure to modify its policies. Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi who was deputising for RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had to pacify the speakers. The concluding session however had a sobering effect on all speakers.

The parent body of the BJP is aware of the huge expectations built up on the government. In view of the elections scheduled in some states it would need to keep the flock together through tough talk while winking at some compromises being made to woo the voter.

Bhagwat who joined the sessions a day later said if the Hindus stay united the nation can take on any aggressor. He, however, warned against a capitalistic overdose. He said while India was becoming rich Indians were growing poorer. The Sangh offered help to make villages self-reliant by backing rural enterprises. But the government must guard against corrupt and self-centric politics.

Significantly, Bhagwat also cautioned the VHP leaders against using offensive language against followers of other faiths. This was particularly in the presence of Praveen Togadia who was shrill in his advice to the government on dealing with terrorism. The VHP was told to observe restraint while celebrating its 50 years next month. This was after Togadia had said the VHP will celebrate its anniversary on a grand scale on Janmashtami day.

The speakers expressed concern over price rise and its handling by the government. The ideology can wait but issues concerning common man must get priority the party was told. The new BJP president Amit Shah who was expected to join the conference could not make it.

With a clear mandate the government is secure so the Parivar need not be hasty about the implementation of the ideological agenda. The public has shown that the government should not be apologetic about its ideology, said member who was part of the deliberations. However, the government can ill afford inept handling of economy and create a positive sentiment, Bhawat said. Both the party organisation under a new president and the government would be tested during the upcoming elections as the government has not made a big splash on the economic front, as speaker observed during the intellectual session. The impact of the Uttarakhand by-elections could not be taken lightly, the RSS chief said.

The RSS intervention to stop field trials of GM crops would, however, force the government to go slow on the issue. The parivar members defended the stand as valid one. During the political session the speakers underlined the synergy between the RSS and the BJP. The RSS provides ideological and inspiration support to the BJP is ideological and inspirational. It need not involve itself in the day-to-day functioning but its views on various issues are valued by the party and the government, said Murlidhar Rao, who is the interface between the Sangh and the manifesto implementation committee of the party. Several important functionaries in the government and the BJP have come from the RSS. Now two senior pracharaks Ram Madhav and Shiv Prakash have been loaned to the party and may be offered organisational responsibility.

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