RSS drifts from Organiser
An embarrassed BJP leadership was relieved on Monday after the RSS distanced itself from the views expressed in its mouthpiece Organiser and conveyed to them that it did not want the party-ruled states to reduce taxes on petroleum products.india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 03:26 IST
An embarrassed BJP leadership was relieved on Monday after the RSS distanced itself from the views expressed in its mouthpiece Organiser and conveyed to them that it did not want the party-ruled states to reduce taxes on petroleum products. With the NDA slated to launch a nationwide ‘satyagraha’ on Monday against the UPA government’s move to increase fuel price and top leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K.Advani courting arrest, the hard-hitting Organiser editorial came like a bolt from the blue.
Opposing the satyagraha on the ground that such protests lacked “intellectual honesty”, the editorial asked the BJP to direct state governments to cut down sales tax on fuel instead of demonstrations. A flustered BJP chief Rajnath Singh rushed to the RSS headquarters to meet general secretary Mohan Bhagwat to know the Sangh’s position. BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said Bhagwat almost disowned the Organiser saying it was not the RSS official mouthpiece and neither had the Sangh decided that BJP-ruled states must be told to cut down fuel tax, he is said to have told Singh.
However, the RSS leadership may not be too unhappy with the BJP’s plan to launch a protest without consulting it on the issue, sources said. But Singh managed to persuade Bhagwat to give them the green signal saying it would be suicidal for the Opposition to let go of such an opportunity to take on the government.