During his four-day low-profile visit to the city that concluded on Tuesday, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat interacted did not endorsed any political party directly, however, attacked the Congress-led the United Progressive Alliance government over a slew of issues.
The RSS, though, claimed that Bhagwat's visit to Punjab was not guided by any political motive, but was aimed at strengthening the parivar cadre in the northern region, but his meetings with the Bharatiya Janata Party brass - including president Kamal Sharma; Madan Mohan Mittal, industries and commerce, technical education minister; Balramji Dass Tondon, incharge of the BJP state election management committee; Ajay Jamwal, BJP general secretary; Jagdish Chaudhary, senior deputy mayor Patiala; Seema Sharma BJP Punjab Mahila Morcha secretary; etc, - leaves little doubt in political circle that Bhagwat's main motive here was to set ground for the BJP by energising the RSS cadres.
However, while addressing sangh pracharaks from five states, including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi, Bhagwat did not ask them to support any particular political outfit during the elections, but he never missed any opportunity to criticise the ruling Congress party at the centre.
Accusing the Congress for not protecting the interests of the Hindus, he said, "The Congress was neglecting Hindus and their genuine demands for their vote bank."
Speaking on the elevation of Gujarat chief minister to BJP's prime ministerial candidate, he said: "The decision was taken following the public sentiments, as Modi was the first choice of the majority of the BJP leaders."
Bhagwat, however, criticised the politics of opportunity as a 'divider of society' stating, "Sangh did not have time to fulfill political aspirations, but some politicians take our counsel over several issues and Sangh will pressurise the politicians of the country over the issues of FDI in retail, and Kashmir, which I think are not political issues, but deeply attached with the sentiments of every Hindustani."
Talking about role of 'communalism' in politics, he said every individual should take care about his or her religion, but hurting sentiments of the people of other religion was totally uncalled for. "Our history tells that there was Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and we think that Ram Mandir should be built at the Ram Janam Bhoomi, which is the long-pending demands of thIt was for the first time in last 36 years when the RSS Chief arrived in Patiala.
Punjab visit of Bhagwat, who had played a key role in Gujarat chief minister Narender Modi's elevation as BJP's prime ministerial candidate assumes political significance. Before Bhagwat, the third Sarsanghchalak Madhukar Dattatraya Deor had visited Patiala to strengthen the organisation.