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Amid tight security and Congress workers' protest a four-day brainstorming session of RSS began on Thursday to discuss the core issues of the organisation as well as to chalk out the roadmap for its intellectual cell. The RSS chief Mohanrao Bhagwat was supposed to reach Bhopal at the night.
A large number of police personnel were deployed at the venue. RSS workers too were present at the entrance gate to allow entry of only RSS office-bearers. Those who attended the session today include Manmohan Vaidya and Ram Madhav. About 450 office-bearers of the organization from across the country are expected to take part in the four-day session.
According to RSS sources, the issues and needs of the organization were discussed on Thursday. As mostly regional pracharaks are participating in the session, the discussion on training of RSS volunteers too took place.
The main discussion of Baudhhik Vibhag (intellectual cell) would start on Friday after the RSS chief arrives. RSS joint general secretary Suresh Soni reached Bhopal Thursday evening.
As per RSS sources, the brainstorming session assumes significance as it is being held after National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coming to power at the Centre with absolute majority. Hence, the subjects related to the government like India's relations with neighbouring countries including Pakistan, the government's foreign policy and even the contentious issues like Ram Janm Bhoomi, Article 370 etc would also be taken up.
"The RSS would not like to loosen its grip over the NDA government at the Centre. Hence, its strategy would be to continue to exert pressure on the government to take up such issues in its functioning as concerns the Hindu community", said an RSS office-bearer.
He said the concern in the organisation was that the government at the Centre should not deviate from the RSS's expected line it wanted the government to tread on.
Demanding a CBI inquiry into the MP Professional Board (MPPEB) and MP Public Service Commission (MPPSC) examination scams, Congress workers on Thursday staged a demonstration at Mata Mandir Square which is 2km off from Dattopant Thegdi Bhawan where a four-day workshop of the RSS was going on.
The Congress agitators, led by party's district president PC Sharma, sporting black badges headed towards the Bhavan but the police prevented them from moving ahead.
They also carried posters alleging the involvement of senior RSS leader Suresh Soni and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the scams.
As they were not allowed to move ahead, the agitators burnt those posters.
Sharma, who justified the party's demand for a CBI probe, alleged that the senior RSS leaders were involved in the scam but the BJP-led state government was trying to shield them so the inquiry should be handed over to the CBI.
Congress workers also demanded a polygraph test of the arrested accused so that truth could come to light. Police also detained some Congress workers and took them to a nearby police station.