It may not have been the wedding, but a year after he tied the knot, RSS pracharak S Mohanrajulu may be on his way out as the Tamil Nadu BJP organising secretary.
Senior RSS leader Kesava Vinayagam was appointed joint organising secretary last week. Many are seeing this as the first step towards the removal of Mohanrajulu.
Mohanrajulu is a close aide of senior leader and Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, and many are seeing the move as a fallout of the political tussle between Radhakrishnan and Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan.
A Sangh Parivar leader admitted that Mohanrajulu, who will soon complete 10 years as organising secretary, had fallen out of favour as “he recently got married” and “for being politically ambitious”.
“In the state, we have four secretaries representing different regions. They are headed by an organising secretary, a key post next to the state president… While the president and the four secretaries belong to the BJP and are responsible for day-to-day affairs, the organising secretary from the RSS should be silent, selfless and neutral… Recently, we have noticed deviations, probably due to the longer term allowed. The RSS cannot pardon if one becomes selfish and starts pursuing his own political career,” said the RSS leader.
Mohanrajulu was seen as taking measures to help the Radhakrishnan camp, and of harbouring ambitions to become the state party chief. While Radhakrishnan was not available for comment, Soundararajan stressed it was the national leadership that took the call to appoint Vinayagam ahead of Assembly elections.
Mohanrajulu, who has also been accused of financial irregularities, said, “There may be complaints but there is no evidence of financial irregularities.” Also contesting the charge that his wedding had had an impact on his relationship with the RSS, he said that getting married was not a crime and there were no written rules regarding this. “There are so many leaders and organising secretaries who are married,” he said.
A senior leader said Mohanrajulu may be appointed vice-president or a state secretary.