Debating India

`There cannot be a break between RSS, BJP’

Wednesday 13 April 2005

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, APRIL 12. The outburst by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief, K.S. Sudarshan, in a television interview was the result of the "fact" that while the Vajpayee Government had many achievements to its credit, it fell far short of the expectations of the Sangh as far as its ideological issues were concerned. It was this "gap" that led to Mr. Sudarshan frankly expressing his views, a senior RSS leader said today.

RSS sources said that efforts would be made to repair the relationship and there "cannot be a break" between the RSS and the BJP - "after all, it is an ideological umbilical cord that binds us together."

It was also pointed out that the BJP’s "isolation" from the rest of the Sangh Parivar organisations was evident at a recent meet the RSS organised at Bhopal. The bottom line was that many Sangh organisations felt that the top two in the BJP had not done enough when they held the positions of Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. It has been noted that Mr. Sudarshan himself has not withdrawn his remarks, only some clarifications have been offered by other Sangh leaders.

It was just before the Bhopal meeting took place that the RSS decided to give charge of BJP affairs to the number two man in the RSS, general secretary, Mohan Bhagwat, and joint general secretary, Suresh Rao Soni. They take over from Madan Das Devi who was BJP in charge and was the coordinator between the RSS and the BJP.

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