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After meet, RSS chooses silence on BJP

india Updated: Oct 11, 2009 23:24 IST
Vikas Pathak
Vikas Pathak
Hindustan Times
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The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has chosen silence on the much-asked question: what next for the BJP, its political arm.

At the end of a three-day huddle of its brass in Rajgir, Bihar, on Sunday, the RSS denied that internal dissensions plaguing the BJP were talked about.

But, it did rubbish reports, quoting chief Mohan Bhagwat as having said that its cadre were under no compulsion to support the BJP in the assembly elections for three states slated for Tuesday.

RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said Bhagwat had made no such comment on the final day of the meeting, the PTI reported.

BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was present at the meeting, also said the reports were “wholly unfounded and baseless”, the PTI said.

Whatever the claims, Bhagwat and two of his colleagues did meet BJP’s Ram Lal and Bal Apte.

Lal is believed to have presented a report on the BJP’s activities and assured the RSS that preparation for the assembly polls had been smooth. Despite several atte-mpts, he couldn’t be reached for comments.

The RSS leaders, however, denied holding political discussions at the meet, held in a school five km from Rajgir.

When asked if the BJP was facing a leadership vacuum, RSS Sarkaryavaha, or general secretary, Suresh Joshi said: “We don’t think there is a scarcity of leaders in the BJP.