Practise what you preach, RSS to BJP

The RSS called for moral values in politics at a two-day brainstorming session that ended in Jaipur.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 19:57 IST

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) asked its ideological ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to practise what it preaches, even as it called for moral values in politics at a two-day brainstorming session that ended in Jaipur on Wednesday.

The senior RSS and BJP leaders, including RSS chief KS Sudarshan, participated in the meet. But two BJP stalwarts, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former deputy prime minister LK Advani, abstained.

While there was no official word about the discussion, sources said the future strategy of the BJP, Hindutva, criminalisation of politics and electoral reforms were among the issues discussed at the meeting held at a luxurious resort on the outskirts of the city.

While Hindutva or was the prime focus of the workshop, the leaders, particularly the RSS functionaries, were unhappy with what they termed as the loss of moral values in Indian politics, sources added.

The RSS chief stressed the need for "swadeshi" policies that boost indigenous production and welfare programmes that help the poorest of the poor.

Senior BJP leaders supported the RSS call for electoral reforms an as well as a government proposal to establish an election corpus that could fund candidates.

The chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, Vasundhara Raje, Narendra Modi, Raman Singh and Arjun Munda, as well as Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi also participated in the meet and made presentations on the developments in their states.

BJP president Rajnath Singh, former presidents M Venkaiah Naidu and Murli Manohar Joshi, and general secretaries Arun Jaitley and Pramod Mahajan also participated.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 19:57 IST