Rajnath meets RSS chief over Ram temple issue

  • Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times, Nagpur
  • Updated: May 15, 2015 01:12 IST

In an apparent effort to assuage the furious religious leaders and sadhus over his Ram temple statement , Union home minister Rajnath Singh met the chief of Hindutva fountainhead RSS, Mohan Bhagwat, at Hedgewar Bhavan in Nagpur on Thursday morning.

Singh had recently expressed the inability of the BJP-led government at the Centre to enact a law on Ram temple in Ayodhya as the party doesn’t have the requisite numbers in the Rajya Sabha and that the government would wait for the Supreme Court verdict before arriving at a definite stance on the issue.

Against this backdrop, Singh’s meeting with the RSS leaders assumes significance and also for the fact that his statement was not taken kindly by a large section of RSS workers and sadhus who have been fighting for the temple at the disputed site for decades.

When asked whether the sadhus were agitated over his statement, Singh claimed that they were satisfied with the statement made before them. On the other hand, Sadhus and Hindu religious leaders even reminded Singh and the BJP of their poll promise and asked them not to “betray” those who voted it to power.

“I am happy with the meeting with Bhagwat as always,” he said.

However, RSS sources said that Bhagwat has told him to desist from making such unnecessary statements that trigger outrage among the BJP’s voter-base and advised to restrain him from sparking off such controversies. The closed-door meeting between two leaders lasted for around two hours.

Sources said that Singh was summoned by the RSS headquarters seeking his clarification after the controversy erupted a couple of days ago. Bhagwat, who was out of station, arrived in Nagpur this morning for the meeting.

It was said that Singh told the RSS chief that he just said that the government was waiting for the apex court’s decision on the issue which was blown out of proportion by the media.

The union home minister also discussed the country’s present political scenario with Bhagwat ahead of the completion of one year of BJP-led government at the Centre. Other issues like the controversial new land acquisition bill and bringing black money stashed abroad also figured in the meeting.

Singh also met RSS ideologue MG Vaidya at his Jaiprakash Nagar residence this afternoon and shared lot of ideas, new government decisions and performance over the last one year.

In his maiden visit to the RSS headquarters after taking charge as union home minister near a year ago, Singh drove straight to meet Bhagwat at Mahal in central Nagpur immediately after his arrival from Delhi. It was believed that Singh, who is also very close to Sangh Parivar, apprised the RSS leader for the new appointment of governors, mostly from the RSS background.

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