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RSS meet begins today: Surgical strikes, UP polls likely on agenda

india Updated: Oct 22, 2016 09:37 IST
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addresses a rally in Nagpur.(PTI File Photo)

The Indian Army operation against terrorists’ bases across the LoC is likely to figure prominently at a meeting of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that begins in Ghatkesar near Hyderabad on Saturday.

Sources said a resolution approving of the surgical strikes could be passed at the national executive meeting from October 23-25. The Sangh has already praised the BJP government at the Centre for the operations.

Sangh functionaries are also likely to discuss the upcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand.

The RSS has endorsed the surgical strikes, appreciating the strategic shift in BJP-led NDA government’s policy towards Pakistan.

The government’s strategic military action across the LoC is likely to be a key poll plank for the BJP in UP as the party jockeys to underline the “political decision making process” behind the operation.

The dissent in Goa, where former RSS state chief Subhash Velingkar has formed his own party to take on the BJP, will also be on the agenda.

Velingkar has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party in poll-bound Goa of reneging on its promises and failing to impart education in the local languages.

The meeting -- to be chaired by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and general secretary Suresh Bhayyaji Joshi – will also discuss the issues of caste-based discrimination and the state of education in the country.

The RSS chief, in his Vijaydashami speech in Nagpur, had expressed concern over the delay in the framing of a new education policy even as he cautioned against the commercialisation of education.

“The Sarsangachalak (Bhagwat) has clearly defined the need to end discrimination on the basis of caste. The RSS survey across villages is a testimony to the existence of casteism and the Sangh has asked its foot soldiers to intensify their outreach to end caste biases,” said a functionary.

The meeting is also expected to see discussions on contentious issues such as genetically modified crops and FDI reforms that have pit RSS affiliates against the government.

“The meeting is a stock-taking exercise of what the affiliates such as the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram or the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad have accomplished and also set the targets for the months ahead,” the functionary said.