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J-K: RSS top brass to review state affairs

india Updated: Jul 14, 2015 20:25 IST
Tarun Upadhyay

The three-day organisational Chintan Shivir of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) started on Tuesday in Jammu. Top RSS functionaries will review the functioning of the Sangh. The organisational change for the state is also expected.

RSS general secretary Bhaiya ji Joshi and top Sangh leaders, including Dattatreya Hosabale, Dr Krishan Gopal and Madan Das Devi arrived in Jammu on Tuesday morning.

The RSS is holding annual meeting in different states and this time it was the turn of Jammu and Kashmir.

Though termed a routine annual meeting, the arrival of Sangh leaders has assumed significance after the BJP has entered into governance for the first time in the state with PDP, which has divergent political ideology.

The top leadership of the RSS will review the political atmosphere and steps taken to expand the Sangh activities across the state. The Sangh has been active in Jammu province, consisting of 10 out of the 22 districts of the state.

Since the formation of the BJP-PDP government, the Sangh has re-activated its organisational activities, which had raised apprehensions and concerns in the Valley. The Sangh has been trying to expand its activities in the Valley also.

The Sangh leadership will get the feedback on functioning of the BJP-PDP government from the office bearers of the organisation.

Sources said the top BJP state unit leadership, including the ministers are also likely to be called for a meeting by the Sangh leaders.

The RSS is opposed to Art 370, which guarantees special constitutional status to the state, but wants the continuation of the BJP-PDP government.

RSS leader Dattatreya Hosabale had termed the differences in the coalition partners teething problems, adding "the attempt is to bring in a change, and a chance must be given."

"The RSS leadership will also discuss and review the separatists' tendencies in the state and the plan for the return of the Kashmiri Pandits," said a senior RSS functionary.

The sources said RSS J&K incharge Ramesh Papa, who is from the state, is likely to change after the completion of his term. He is likely to be the given some responsibility at the national level.