RSS miffed with PM’s ‘autocratic style’

  • Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times, Nagpur/New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 07, 2015 22:45 IST

Ahead of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s crucial three-day Akhil Bharatiya pratinidhi sabha meeting — scheduled to begin from March 13 in Nagpur — BJP president Amit Shah met Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat and other senior leaders in Nagpur on Friday.

Among the many things discussed at the seven-hour-long meeting, was the RSS’s main grouse — the “autocratic” style of functioning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The RSS also expressed displeasure with the contentious land acquisition bill.

While some of Modi’s cabinet colleagues suggested modifications to pacify detractors, the PM is unwilling to budge. The party’s alliance partners too have expressed anguish at the proposed land bill and want to corner the RSS on this.

Bhagwat reportedly told Shah that while amending the present land acquisition law, the government should try to overcome its “pro-corporate” image and ensure the interests of farmers.

While the new working committee will be elected at the pratinidhi sabha meeting, major issues such as the land acquisition bill, controversies surrounding alliance government in Jammu & Kashmir, and the defeat of the BJP in Delhi may also be discussed, sources said.

It is learnt that RSS leaders referred to controversial remarks by J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and cautioned Shah against leaving any impression that the BJP has compromised on critical issues for the sake of power.

Sources claimed Shah also discussed the names of leaders who may be accommodated in the BJP’s team of national office bearers, when it is expanded.

A proposal to promote the RSS joint general secretary Dattatrey Hosbole as the general secretary of the Sangh is likely to be placed before the pratinidhi sabha, even as two new faces may be brought in as joint general secretaries.

Over 1,500 delegates from different RSS affiliates are expected to attend the March 13 event.

(With inputs from HT Correspondent)

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