The top rung of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leadership failed to cast their vote for the Maharashtra assembly elections on Wednesday due to "prior commitments".
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi were both in Lucknow to attend the three-day RSS national council meeting.
The dates for the event were decided a year ago; the dates for the Maharashtra assembly polls were announced last month.
Other senior RSS leaders including Akhil Bharatiya Pracharak Pramukh, Manmohan Vaidya , were also away at Lucknow for the meeting.
The RSS meet begins on October 17. Bhagwat and Joshi landed in the Uttar Pradesh capital on October 12.
“Though the meeting will begin from October 17, the office-bearers have already started their meeting at Lucknow to finalise the agenda and other details from Wednesday,” said a senior pracharak, justifying the absence of Bhagwat and others.
Earlier, prominent Vidarbha leaders including Union minister Nitin Gadkari and state BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis cast their votes.