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United RSS and BJP Parivar needs more bonding

Nowadays, English and Hindi news channels are competing to show that BJP and its leaders will abide by whatever RSS says- to be more precise the order send by RSS will be implemented by BJP and Modi. Meanwhile, Modi landed all with surprises by showing his type of governance, he is questioning every step taken by his ministers. BJP is internally divided into two i.e. Modi verses other BJP leaders. After Modi began to hold power and position, even RSS finds itself helpless and powerless. Modi very carefully sidelined all unwanted elements such as Baba Ramdev, Advani etc. Though, Modi government has already come under controversy with growing rape cases, inflation, and several deaths of its leaders. Literally, Amit Shah has taken back seat or is pretending to be in hibernate mode. Despite all brave talk by Gadkari and RSS, it is now clear that the top brass of BJP is trying to make amends for its past mistakes by deciding not to take any such step which can sour the prospects of BJP government. It was a dramatic anti-climax.

Gadkari’s benching is seen as a personal setback to RSS chief Mohan Rao Bhagwat, who continued to back his chosen one from Nagpur despite the near-total belief in party circles that persisting with the Maharashtra politician would hurt the party. Rajnath Singh suddenly came into limelight and played a big role in 2014 elections as BJP president. He belongs to the dominant Rajput community from Uttar Pradesh and has been chief minister of the state in the past. He and Narendra Modi, who were raising stars in the party nationally, have also developed good relationship in the past few months. Rajnath received Home Ministry, one of the crucial and important ministries in Indian Government. As you know, Modi is ruling this country as a PM. Still, there are many counterparts who need attention. Yashwant Sinha, who is languishing in Jharkhand jail, has not opted for bail. Advani is wandering aimlessly. Many BJP leaders are frustrated as they were not given any berth in ministry.

LK Advani met party leader Yashwant Sinha, who has been in a Jharkhand jail for 15 days. Sinha will spend another 11 days in jail in Hazaribagh, the constituency which he represented in Parliament and which elected his son in the recent national election. Sinha said no central BJP leader had bothered to pay him a visit so far. He had injured himself on June 13, when he fell after the chair on which he was sitting broke. Sinha, 76, a former union minister, was arrested on June 2 for leading a demonstration against long power cuts in Hazaribagh. The group of BJP workers he was with tied up a senior electricity board official. The cops intervened to rescue the official and then detained Sinha and 50 others. Advani tried persuading Sinha to post bail for his release. He has refused twice to furnish bail unless, he says, the electricity situation improves. The charges against him include assaulting a government servant and obstructing his work. Sinha himself served as an IAS officer in various positions. For smooth public service, this activity should not be allowed. Cheap publicity at the time of election should be discouraged. Such leaders may somewhere bring challenges to Modi in long term.

The case will next be heard on June 28. In court, Sinha has admitted that it was on his orders that the official was tied up. The BJP leader’s insistence on not paying bail has led to many suggesting that he is pulling an “Arvind Kejriwal.” Sources say his move reflects a bid to focus on Jharkhand ahead of assembly polls due later this year. Sinha bowed out of the national election this time, letting his son Jayant contest from his constituency instead. Last month, Kejriwal, the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, was arrested in a defamation case filed against him by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari. Kejriwal, often described as an innovative and habitual disruptor, spent six days in jail after refusing to pay bail.

BJP is yet to settle in government and is struggling hard to pass hundred days agendas. Its party president is not yet finalised. It’s high time, looking at present scenario, RSS should support BJP by topic basis (based on national interests) and not who will get seats or who will be president of the party. Some RSS leaders are corrupt; they forget the discipline taught by RSS when they were young. Some other RSS leaders are ossified and stuck in a time warp. World keeps changing, we need to change with it. Core BJP voters, voted for an ideology – not for RSS or BJP. That ideology is rightist, stands for national integration, Hindutva (liberal by definition) and is against communist philosophy of state controlled economy. So, to take voters for granted is stupidity. If voters feel RSS itself is not adapting to changing Indian aspirations, they too will desert RSS, and BJP will be the loser. Those were the days when NaMo like leaders were Pracharaks and later sent on deputation to sister organisations like the ABVP and BJP. K B Hedgewar, M S Golwalkar and B S Deoras were the three previous “sarsangachalaks” who really built the organisation.

The people who followed B S Deoras have not been able to reach the leadership standards of the big three. It is important to note that neither Golwalkar nor Deoras ever directly interfered in the affairs of the Jan Sangh even though the RSS provided most of the cadre. Until the time of Deoras, the RSS always left the politics to Jan Sangh, student affairs to ABVP, trade union affairs to BMS etc. This interfering in the affairs of the BJP probably started with Sudarshan and might have been a personal issue between him and Vajpayee who were peers in the Sangh hierarchy. With Mohan Bhagwat and some others like M G Vaidya, it appears either Nagpur/Maratha provincialism or caste-affinity is blinding them to the fundamental Sangh ideals of putting the nation first, the organisation next and the self last. However, BJP is here because of RSS; the RSS gives them the grass-root support which is super essential, even a leader like Modi could not risk losing RSS support in Gujarat and had to ultimately make peace. Secondly, the core to BJP ideology is the RSS ideology. The RSS is the parent of the BJP, the latter a political appendage of the former. To go smooth by not getting divided in , Sinhas, Advanis, Ramdevs and many other, RSS needs to play a crucial role and Modi needs to respect the organisation in spite of having his own set agendas.

Dr. Vaidehi Taman
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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