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Bhagwat expresses satisfaction over change in govt

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Nagpur, June 12, 2014
First Published: 22:27 IST(12/6/2014) | Last Updated: 22:31 IST(12/6/2014)

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh supremo, Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday has for first time expressed publicly his satisfaction over the 'change' in governance of the country under the leadership of Narendra Modi and hoped that it would fulfil the aspiration of the people in coming days.

Addressing the concluding session of the 25-day training programme of swayamsevaks here this evening, he said, “ We are confident that the new government will tread the chosen path. People thoughtfully elected it because they were desperate for a change and are looking forward to better times.”

However, he refused to acknowledge any role in installing the new government at the Centre. “We do not have any remote control on it,” he stressed.

“People congratulated the RSS for bringing about this change, but let me tell you all we did was to encourage voters to participate in election process. We do not believe in such control. But it is our wish that the government sustains the momentum and meets people aspirations,”  the RSS chief said.

Stressing that the RSS is apolitical organisation, Bhagwat regretted that it was often misunderstood. He claimed that the saffron organisation has been doing for character building,  installing discipline and values in society.

The RSS chief did not name Narendra Modi, or any political party during his speech but likened the political change in the country to Chhatrapati Shivaji’s coronation. “Why do we celebrate Shivaji's coronation even after 440 years. It is because Shivaji exemplified good governance that thrived confidence of people. I am sure the change we are seeing today is similar and will be huge success,’ Bhagwat said.

The 25-day training programme was  postponed for a month because of the general elections.  The RSS swayamsevaks had actively participated in the just concluded elections in favour of BJP after they were directed to do so by the RSS headquarters.

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