RSS irked by ‘Modi God’s gift to India’ remark, okays nationalism plank
Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu had recently described PM Modi as “God’s gift to the nation”.india Updated: Mar 23, 2016 08:52 IST
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has expressed its displeasure over BJP leaders describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “God’s gift to India” in the recent national executive meeting, sources have said.
After the recent meeting of its Pratinidhi Sabha at Rajasthan’s Nagaur, the RSS leaders on Tuesday held discussions with top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders at Deendayal Shodh Sansthan.
Sources said the RSS leaders expressed displeasure over the remarks made by Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, describing Modi as God’s gift to the nation, and suggested the BJP leadership not encourage “individual worship” as “organisation” is supreme in the RSS.
Naidu made the comments while presenting political resolution on the last day of the national executive meeting on Sunday.
He also dubbed Modi as a “messiah of the poor” and said India is recognised and respected everywhere because of him.
The RSS supported BJP’s move to go ahead with the issue of nationalism but suggested the issue of development be incorporated in it, sources said, adding it was of the view that nationalism and development are complementary to each other and the party should focus on both the issues in the upcoming assembly polls in five states.
According to sources, the issue of reservation also came up at the meet and BJP leaders requested the RSS leadership not to express its views publicly on reservation because it embarrasses them and the prime minister is required to clarify the party’s position on the issue.