The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which had put all its might behind the Bharatiya Janata Party this election, would like the new government to set aside “ideological, religious and social differences while fulfilling people’s aspirations”.
On Friday, RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi said that the Sangh expected “the new government to create an environment where the nation stays united, there’s total social inclusiveness and no one ever feels exploited”. This was the first general elections after Emergency where the RSS had helped the BJP with all its machinery.
However, victory celebrations at the RSS office here was mostly low key throughout Friday with swayamsevaks only distributing sweets. While RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was not in Delhi, sah-sarkaryavah (joint-general secretaries) Suresh Soni, Krishna Gopal, Dattatreya Hosbale, prachar pramukh Manmohan Vaidya, national executive member Indresh Kumar and sah-sampark pramukh Ram Madhav were stationed at Keshav Kunj, Jhandewalan, in the heart of the Capital.
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Unlike the BJP office, there was no bursting of crackers here. However, later a poster was spotted around 200 m from the main gate of RSS headquarters on the other side of the road. The poster said: “Hum laaye hain toofan se nauka nikaal ke, Badhega desh aage ab sewa aadhar pe.”
On Friday afternoon, Joshi addressed the media in Nagpur, and Hosbale and Vaidya did the same in Delhi. The statements were similar and RSS leaders mostly did not respond to queries. Joshi said, “The new government should treat the 125 crore people of the country as equal and without any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed or religion…With the culmination of electoral process, we are hopeful that everyone will now take constructive steps to get back to normal, amicable and positive environment in the interest of the nation. Driven by the undeterred spirit of brotherhood, we expect everyone will work together towards fostering a positive environment for growth and peace.”
Asked whether the RSS was likely to play a role in government-formation, Ram Madhav said, “The Sangh will have no role in government and Council of Ministers. It would be decided by the party and its leaders. Our role was limited to educating people before the elections about the challenges the nation is facing today.”
Bhagwat left Delhi on May 10 for annual Sangh Shiksha Vargs and sources in RSS headquarters said that he will not visit the national capital this month.