Is this the end of the RSS-BJP honeymoon?
DISENCHANTMENT OF the Rashtriya Swayem Sewak Sangh with the Bharatiya Janata Party, it seems, is slowly reaching a point of no return. Taking a U-turn from its earlier stand of working in tandem with the Bharatiya Janata Party (the only political party), the RSS has decided to browse for another political working option.india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 01:18 IST
DISENCHANTMENT OF the Rashtriya Swayem Sewak Sangh with the Bharatiya Janata Party, it seems, is slowly reaching a point of no return. Taking a U-turn from its earlier stand of working in tandem with the Bharatiya Janata Party (the only political party), the RSS has decided to browse for another political working option.
Probably the first attempt in the direction has been made at the meeting of RSS functionaries of Kanpur City, here today. According to a source, in the meeting, held at Birhana Road, it was decided to invite prominent leaders of various political parties like Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Leftist ideology people and BJP to tell them about the working of the RSS.
Political pundits, however, are not surprised over the fact that the invitation had been extended to BJP leaders too. They say that for one, the RSS wants to keep its options open and secondly, the RSS does not want to give a message to other political parties that the RSS’ stake in the BJP was at stake.
The aim, according to the source, was to search for another political option, while at the same time, teaching a lesson to senior BJP leaders for their attitude towards the RSS. The source said that the stage had been set by the BJP itself about few months back.
After a veiled war of words between the RSS and the BJP national leaders, there had been a drastic change in the attitude of other BJP leaders. Citing an example, the source, who is also an RSS worker said that despite 50 candidates — names of whom were proposed by RSS for the corporation election in Gujarat — winning the elections and similar success in Madhya Pradesh, the UP BJP district unit of Kanpur City scrapped over half the names. The source said that at that time several BJP leaders had expressed various compulsions not to follow the RSS directive.
Coming back to the invitation to prominent leaders of other political parties, the source said that the leaders would elaborate on the aim of the RSS, it’s functioning besides other nitty-gritty of the sangh. The meeting of the political leaders would be held at the JNK Vidyalaya soon. However, the date for the same could not be fixed. The source also said that such major decisions by a district unit of the RSS could not have been taken without the green signal from seniors.
The meeting was presided over by district pracharak Ramesh Ji. Other prominent swayem sewaks who were present on the occasion included Harishanker Tiwari, Dinesh Gupta and Ajay Misra from Phoolbagh Shakha, Ratan Gupta, Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar, Ramesh Misra from Gyan Bharti Shakha and Radha Raman along with others from Chowk Shakha.