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BJP’s integral wrangling for leaders to resolve: RSS

Displeased by internal wrangling in the BJP over choosing the prime ministerial candidate for the next Lok Sabha elections, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has signalled a hands-off approach from the party, and decided to refrain from intervening unless the leadership seeks his advice.

delhi Updated: Aug 13, 2012 00:51 IST
Shishir Gupta
Shishir Gupta
Hindustan Times

Displeased by internal wrangling in the BJP over choosing the prime ministerial candidate for the next Lok Sabha elections, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has signalled a hands-off approach from the party, and decided to refrain from intervening unless the leadership seeks his advice.

Sources said while the RSS has taken a dim view of party patriarch LK Advani's recent blog post, running down the future prospects of a party that he himself nurtured, the Sangh wants the senior BJP leadership to deal with the octogenarian leader. “It is for the BJP to decide,” said a leader.

While Bhagwat is understood to be peeved with his remarks on the Narendra Modi-Nitish Kumar perceived rivalry being reportedly misinterpreted, the Sangh no longer appears to have intentions of putting more “pracharaks” into party work. Instead, it has decided to focus on non-political activities, and is planning country-wide celebrations for the 150 anniversary of Swami Vivekananda next year.

Although many right wing political analysts would take the Sangh's approach with a pinch of salt, the RSS appears to be looking beyond the 2014 elections for effecting a political change in the society. Even in the context of a second term for party president Nitin Gadkari, the RSS leadership wants the BJP to decide whether to give him the extension this December.

First Published: Aug 13, 2012 00:16 IST