The RSS, which worked in tandem with the Bharatiya Janata Party during the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, is unhappy at the manner in which “a handful of fringe elements and incidents” have threatened to divert attention from the “excellent start” made by the month-old Yogi Adityanath government, sources said.
They said the thrashing of policemen in some parts of the state and the ruckus created by a mob at Saharanpur senior superintendent of police’s residence in the presence of BJP legislator Raghav Lakhanpal has apparently not gone down well with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
They added Sangh is worried that such incidents may ‘undo’ the ‘otherwise excellent beginning’ of the Adityanath government.
Sources said the comments were made during the coordination meeting of the RSS and BJP top leaders – a routine for all BJP governments and the first for the Adityanath government – was held at the chief minister’s 5 Kalidas Marg residence.
Two senior joint general secretaries, Dattatreya Hosabale and Krishna Gopal, along with another all India office bearer Anil Oak and UP-based Sangh leaders are believed to have met Adityanath and deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma between 3pm to 5pm, a slot that was reportedly reserved by the CM for the meeting.
In the meeting, the Sangh also emphasised on ensuring that ‘party cadres’ get due respect. “However, the RSS has always favoured discipline, a line that it wants cadre to follow,” a source said.
Chief minister Adityanath has already warned cadres not to take law in their own hands.
During the closed-door meeting, the BJP and Sangh leaders discussed various things including possible changes in the BJP organisations. Several leaders, including Maurya who is also the chief of the BJP’s state unit, is expected to demit the post under the one man, one post principle.
A possible expansion of the Adityanath government and the forthcoming local bodies’ polls too may have come up for discussion, sources said.
The BJP under its chief Amit Shah has ensured close coordination with the RSS, the ideological parent of the saffron party, a trend that the Adityanath government is likely to continue.
According to sources, the 44-year-old Adityanath, who is also the head of the influential Nath sect, had tasked select RSS cadre and his aides to prepare a list of “honest, workaholic” officers.
He effected his first major administrative reshuffle on April 12, three weeks after taking charge, and shunted 20 senior IAS officers, putting 8 of them on the waitlist. He then transferred 44 IAS officers on April 21.
The saffron party that faced criticism from the opposition for choosing Hindutva hardliner Adityanath as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister had said the RSS did not interfere in his selection.
Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who was the BJP’s central observer for the election of the state legislature party leader, said it was the legislators who decided on the leader according to the system in place.