With bypolls for the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat vacated by Narendra Modi and other Assembly seats coming up, Vadodara played host to a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) seminar on caste unity. It was attended by RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat. The three-day seminar that concluded on Tuesday emphasised uniting castes for a “stronger nation”.
The RSS Samajik Samrasta seminar, held at Shri Swaminarayan temple in Haridham Sokhada near Vadodara, saw participation from Sangh members from across the country and was coordinated by senior RSS leader Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi, who had also addressed BJP MPs on “nation building” in New Delhi last week.
The seminar saw Sangh patriarch Mohan Bhagwat arriving on the last day to deliver a lecture to the Sangh workers on “unifying the social classes”. The Sangh, which has been advocating “unity of castes” through its Samajik Samrasta programmes as against, Dr B R Ambedkar’s direction for annihilation of castes.
A Sangh leader who attended the seminar said, “The message from our revered speakers was to unite the castes in the society in order to ensure an overall harmony in day to day life. It was a national seminar and the focus was on the entire nation and not any region in particular. Bhagwat specified that only unity of castes can help develop a sense of social justice which is ultimately important for building the nation.”
According to Sangh pracharaks, in his address to the gathering of RSS workers, Joshi also spoke of Sangh values of “unifying the castes and society” that are ingrained in the leaders who are set to lead India to a bigger world platform.
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Bhagwat, whose comment that the BJP’s recent Lok Sabha win was “not a one-man show” had created much controversy, refused to comment on the ongoing political issues or the upcoming by-polls in Vadodara. Incidentally, Bhagwat’s Tuesday visit to the city also coincides with the BJP’s party meeting for a consensus on a candidate for the polls, nominations for which will be filed this week.