RSS patriarch Mohan Bhagwat on Friday refused to comment on Sangh leaders alleged involvement in the Vyapam Scam. Calling it a matter “in legal purview and out of the Sangh’s dominion”, Bhagwat sidestepped on the issue.
Bhagwat, who is en route to Garudeshwar in Narmada, where he will attend the celebrations of the centenary death year of Maharashtra spiritual leader Vasudevanand Saraswati Maharaj, also responded to suggestions that the Sangh was controlling the Narendra Modi-led NDA government. He said that the days ahead will “clarify” how much control the RSS exerts on the government, if at all.
Bhagwat, who made a brief stopover for about an hour at the Lukshmi Vilas Palace to meet the royal family of Vadodara – Rajmata Shubhanginidevi Gaekwad and scion Samarjitsinh, refrained from analysing the role of Sangh leaders in the Vyapam scam.
When asked Bhagwat said, “It is a matter that is in the legal jurisdiction and will be decided accordingly. The Sangh has nothing to do with it nor is it in our realm of things.”
Bhagwat said he was in the city to “connect with good people”, one of whom was his old friend, Samarjitsinh. Bhagwat said that he thought it was necessary to “renew” ties with friends and decided to make a stop at the palace to meet the royal family.
“I am here because I have been friends with Samarjitsinh for some time. When he comes to Nagpur, he meets me. So today I am in Vadodara and I met him. I have decided to meet my friends here whenever I am in Vadodara. Samarjit is already a part of our circle but I just think it is important to renew ties since we do not speak regularly.”
The Sangh patriarch chose to stay away from making any comments about his opinion on the 30-days performance of the Modi government.
“We are just like common citizens for the government and let us see how they will perform ahead,” he said.
When asked about his response to critics claiming that the RSS was controlling the Modi-led government at the Centre, Bhagwat said, “In the days ahead, it will be clear how much we are controlling the government, if we are. Look at me, I am roaming free here in Vadodara. Am I controlling the government?”
Bhagwat, who was accompanied by Sangh workers proceeded in a convoy that included an ambulance from Vadodara to Rajpipla where he will now spend the night at the residence of an RSS leader Ravi Deshmukh. He had arrived in Vadodara by train earlier on Friday morning.
While Bhagwat’s meeting with the Gaekwads is being viewed with “much caution” by a faction of the BJP in the city, leaders say that his meeting with Samarjit has also advanced the royal scion’s chances of contesting the by-elections from here in October.