In a first of its kind interaction after Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister, the top brass of the RSS and its affiliates, the government and the BJP came together to deliberate on various national issues.
However, the opposition parties slammed the meeting saying it’s a mockery of constitution. Senior AAP leader Ashutosh said the meeting involving top Union Ministers, BJP leaders with RSS and its affiliates was indicative of the saffron outfit’s “interference” in the political process.
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“The meeting between Narendra Modi government and RSS is highly questionable. The government is accountable and answerable only to the public. Such a deliberation is a mockery of the constitutional arrangements and parliamentary democracy,” Ashutosh said at a press conference.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today took a dig at RSS over its coordination meeting with BJP and questioned how it could be called a ‘social organisation’.
“So the RSS is doing a 3-day performance appraisal of the Modi government. Anyone else want to tell me that they are a ‘social organisation’?” Omar tweeted.
So the RSS is doing a 3 day performance appraisal of the Modi Government. Anyone else want to tell me that they are a “social organisation”?
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) September 2, 2015
There was speculation that the demand for one-rank-one-pension over which ex-servicemen are agitating in the capital was discussed on the sidelines of the three-day coordination meeting.
Governance issues like the land bill and the Patels reservation agitation in Gujarat and recent census figures are also on the list of items to be deliberated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the event on its last day on Friday. Today’s deliberations were attended by union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Manohar Parrikar, Venkaiah Naidu, Anant Kumar besides party chief Amit Shah and some other ministers.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat presided over the meeting which was attended by representatives of 15 Sangh associates, including Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch and Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangathan.
BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav, who has been deputed by the RSS to the party, told reporters that there would be no discussion on the OROP issue, adding that the government is seized of the matter.
“The meeting is about how we should move ahead into the future. It’s not about any review of the government or any policy and programmes,” he said.
Sources said government would be given a feedback over the issues before it but it would not be any threadbare analysis of any specific programme or policy.
There was a feeling among the participants in the meeting that the contentious OROP issue should be resolved at the earliest, considering that it is an issue dear to the Sangh Parivar.