PM Modi to meet RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat before May 23

PM Modi to meet RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat before May 23

New Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to meet RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat before the final result of the vote counting on May 23.

As reported by The Wire, sources have told them that Narendra Modi will meet Bhagwat to discuss various existing political scenarios. This will apparently be the first visit to Nagpur, the RSS headquarters after winning the elections in 2014.

“This has fuelled speculations that he could be seeking the Sangh parivar’s backing for the prime ministerial post, amidst rumours that in case the Bharatiya Janata Party falls short of a majority, the RSS may propose the name of another BJP leader to appease members of the National Democratic Alliance”, the report says.

A leader talked about the suspected scuffle and divisions in the party.

“There is a fair chance that the party will return to power. But there is still a palpable fear that Modi feels the RSS might try to sideline him. One can’t forget the reins are in the hands of the RSS. This and there are several other governance issues that are likely to be discussed in the meeting,” confirmed a senior leader from BJP’s Nagpur unit, to The Wire.

Mohan Bhagwat at an event said that the RSS does not really interfere in the electoral politics.

“But it is an accepted truth that the RSS doesn’t restrict itself to just suggestions and has played a crucial role in strategising the party’s image. Several former swayamsevaks including Modi and Nitin Gadkari have contested and won elections”, it further says.

They also point out the speculations that Nitin Gadkari was being favoured in the Sangh.

Nana Patole,ex-BJP MP, told The Wire that the internal difference within the BJP has been evident, “Things have gone out of their control in West Bengal. The fissures (within BJP) are slowly becoming visible. Even the local karyakartas has begun seeing through the promises made by Modi and other BJP leaders. This visit must be a desperate attempt to ensure his (Modi’s) ‘gurus’ are taken in confidence,” Patole claimed.

Narendra Modi was with the RSS in his initial days and joined BJP in 1985.

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