Union ministers, BJP brass attend coordination meet with RSS

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 02, 2015 22:52 IST

In a first of its kind interaction after Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister, the top brass of RSS and its affiliates, the government and the BJP came together to deliberate on key issues including the contentious 'One Rank One Pension' on which an early resolution was favoured.

There was a feeling among the participants that the contentious OROP issue should be resolved at the earliest, considering that it is an issue dear to the Sangh Parivar.

The view at the meeting assumes significance in the context of hectic back-channel parleys that are going on regarding the defence veterans' demand.

Governance issues like the land bill, the Patel reservation row in Gujarat, agriculture growth, national security and recent census figures were also on the list of issues discussed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the event on its last day on Friday. Wednesday's deliberations were attended by union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Manohar Parrikar, Venkaiah Naidu, Anant Kumar besides BJP chief Amit Shah and other ministers.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat presided over the meeting which was attended by representatives of 15 Sangh associates, including Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch and Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangathan.

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, who has been deputed by the RSS to the party, told reporters that there would be no discussion on the OROP issue.

"The meeting is about how we should move ahead into the future. It's not about any review of the government or any policy and programmes," he said.

Sources said government would be given feedback on the issues but there would not be any threadbare analysis of a specific programme or policy.

Economic issues were on Wednesday's agenda of the coordination meeting while those related to social, culture and education would be coming up for discussion in the next two days.

Coordination meetings among the Parivar outfits are biannual but this time the number of participants is almost double the usual, giving the meeting an extra significance. Modi is also attending it for the first time after becoming the Prime Minister.

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