Following atrocities against Dalits by ‘gau rakshaks’ across the country, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday asked volunteers of different sangh offshoots to move ahead with “non-controversial issues” such as social equality (samajik samrasta), family values and rural development.
Samajik samrasta is a campaign undertaken by the RSS to bring Dalits and deprived sections of society into the mainstream and end discrimination.
During a meeting with around 40 RSS offshoots, Bhagwat urged swayamsevaks to meet regularly and work in tandem, according to sources. He asked volunteers to remember that there were ‘swayamsevaks’ despite performing excellently in their respective organisations.
Bhagwat’s remarks hold significance for the BJP in view of the upcoming Assembly polls, as alleged incidents of gau rakshak atrocities against Dalits have drawn criticism from different quarters.
The significance of the meeting could be assessed by the fact that BJP national vice-president and UP in-charge Om Mathur was invited, while officebearers of kshetra and prant units of RSS offshoots normally attend such meetings.
BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya too attended the meeting.
As part of the ongoing Lucknow visit, Bhagwat is holding meetings with RSS officebearers of Poorvi UP Kshetra that include four prants — Kashi, Aawadh, Goraksh and Kanpur.
Bhagwat said such as values like patriotism, morality, harmony, equality and discipline are developed in swayamsevaks who attend shakhas daily. He also said that swayamsevaks were working to develop a society that will never lose freedom in future.
The meeting was attended by Sah-sarkaryawah Dattatreya Hosabale, national executive members Madhubai Kulkarni and Ashok Beri.
Around 123 officebearers from nearly 40 organisations attended different sessions of the meeting.