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BJP's report card

The aim is to see that the ministers don't do anything that's against BJP ideology, says an RSS leader.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2004 14:04 IST

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is keeping a close tab on the functioning of all the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers in Madhya Pradesh and preparing "report cards" on their performance.

Sources said functionaries of the RSS, the ideological mentor of the BJP, had been appointed as advisers to all 17 ministers in the state.

The advisers would, however, remain in the background and prepare report cards on the functioning of the ministers every month.

The reports are being provided to senior state leaders of the BJP and the RSS for assessment, the sources said.

Kaptan Singh Solanki, state general secretary of the BJP, said he had received the first set of such report cards.

"We are yet to go through the reports," Solanki told IANS.

Solanki, himself once a senior RSS functionary, was made the general secretary of the BJP about 18 months ago.

A senior RSS leader said: "The aim is to see that the ministers do not do anything that is against the ideology of the BJP. Secondly, the whole exercise will keep the ministers on their toes and there is nothing wrong in that."

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharati was the first BJP leader to have a powerful RSS leader, Anil Dave, appointed as her adviser last month.

The appointment had raised eyebrows as an RSS functionary was given an official post in any government for the first time.

Soon, more RSS members were appointed as advisers to other ministers.

"The whole exercise of the RSS is not limited to keeping a tab on the functioning of the ministers. More than that, the RSS wants to exercise control on the functioning of the government," said a political observer.

First Published: Mar 25, 2004 17:00 IST