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Split visible? RSS leaders, Modi avoid meeting each other

PTI  Ahmedabad, September 10, 2012
First Published: 23:26 IST(10/9/2012) | Last Updated: 23:28 IST(10/9/2012)

Despite presence of top RSS leaders in Gujarat over the last two days to discuss future strategy of the Sangh Parivar, no meeting took place between them and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi fuelling speculation here, that all is not well.

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About 60 senior RSS functionaries met at Kayavarohan near Vadodara on September 8 and 9 at a crucial meeting which is held only once in two to three years and discussed various issues, including 2014 general elections, RSS sources said.

RSS top leaders including Mohan Bhagwat and others spent two days at Kayavarohan which is about 100 kms from the state capital of Gandhinagar but still there was no meeting held between Modi and them, sources said.

RSS Gujarat prachar pramukh (media head) Pradeep Jain said, "This was (meeting at Kayavarohan) totally a RSS function for which only top leadership of the organisation was invited. Nobody else was invited."

"There was a request for a meeting from the side of Chief Minister but it was politely denied," RSS sources said.

Modi, of late, is increasingly facing heat from Sangh Parivar outfits. VHP had issued statements criticising Modi government for its handling of the 2002 riots cases.

RSS is also not happy with Modi as he had tried to stall the parent organisation's effort to strike a compromise between him and former chief minister Keshubhai Patel.

Top RSS functionary Suresh Soni in a secret operation had come to Ahmedabad before Patel announced formation of his own party -- Gujarat Parivartan Party.

Soni had a series of meetings with Patel and Modi separately and tried to persuade them to strike a compromise but the attempt did not succeed, sources said.


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