RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has gone into a huddle with top Union ministers and the BJP chief in the run-up to the government completing its first year in office.
Bhagwat met home minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday and Friday respectively, and is scheduled to hold similar closed-door meetings with transport minister Nitin Gadkari and defence minister Manohar Parrikar. These meetings come amid growing worries across the party and its allies on the political fallout of the land acquisition bill and other economic policies, some of which are opposed even by Sangh affiliates.
“Bhagwat had initially told parivar leaders to give at least a year’s time to the government. He is worried about some issue and has conveyed his concerns to the two BJP leaders,” a source close to the RSS chief told HT. “The RSS is not opposed to the present leadership of the BJP or the government. As a guiding light, it has recommended redressal of issues that could have political implications,” the source added.
An RSS leader in Nagpur said Bhagwat had been busy on tours and could not meet senior BJP leaders for the last couple of months. The RSS chief was in Nagpur for a few days to attend the month-long Shiksha Varga (training camp) of select swayamsevaks and used the opportunity to meet these BJP leaders. It was after an eight-hour long meeting with Bhagwat in March that party chief Shah had decided to meet party workers every other Monday.
The BJP’s most ambitious reform step — on the land acquisition process — is caught in a parliamentary logjam after the entire opposition closed ranks against the government, calling the move anti-farmer. Parivar affiliates have also knocked the doors of the Reshambag headquarters of the RSS to complain about government’s stand on issues like FDI in retail, labour reforms, the land boundary agreement with Bangladesh and others.
Representatives of the Laghu Udyog Bharti — an RSS affiliate — has also brought to the notice of the RSS leaders that the recent decision to raise the limit for enterprises to qualify as micro, small and medium enterprises would hit small businessmen.