Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s addresses during the international convention “Living the Right Way” starting in Ninora village on Thursday will be seen in light of three major issues which RSS and its political outfit Bharatiya Janata Party is struggling with.
Though both want to woo Dalits and non-Hindus, the two have stepped up measures to construct a Ram temple in Ayodhya which they plan to launch as a movement from November-December this year. The third factor is the caste-based reservation which Bhagwat has publicly opposed in the last one year.
Though BJP leaders believe reservations in government jobs and educational institutions will continue, the party is exploring ways to address concerns of general category people who have supported reservation based on economic conditions and not castes. The Gujarat government’s decision to reserve seats for general category is the first step in this direction.
Organised as part of the Simhastha fair, the Ninora conference in Ujjain district will hold parallel deliberations on religion, climate change, agriculture, women power, cottage industry, clean water bodies, science and spirituality, attended by NGO representatives and subject experts from about 41 countries.
While Bhagwat will inaugurate the three-day inter-faith convention, the PM will address it on the concluding day in presence of Sri Lanka president Maithripal Shirisena. BJP Rajya Sabha member and convention in-charge Anil Dave said 3,500 guests including heads of religious faiths and saints will attend the conference.
Gayatri Parivar head Pranav Pandya, Juna Akhada head Swami Avadheshanand, spiritualist Jaggi Vasudev, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, environmentalist Vandana Shiva, Jaya Jaitley (on cottage industry), foreign affairs minister Sushama Swaraj are the delegates likely to be present at the conference.
Bhagwat meets Bhaiyyu Maharaj
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak, Mohan Bhagwat who was in Indore on Wednesday met social worker Bhaiyyu Maharaj at the latter’s residence in the Vijaynagar area to inquire about his health.
Bhaiyu Maharaj was in news after he alleged that some unidentified persons had attempted to kill him twice by staging road accidents on the highway when he was coming to Indore from Pune a few days back. He suffered injuries in his head and leg in the incident..
A release issued by Bhaiyyu Maharaj said Bhagwat stayed there for nearly one and half hours and condemned the attack .
The Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Phadnavis has already ordered a inquiry into the matter and there are reports that five persons are being questioned by Maharashtra police in this regard.
Bhagwat, who is here to take part in the Vichar Mahakumbh at Ninora, refused to talk to the media about the meeting.