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Shah calls on RSS chief, discusses Maharashtra polls

BJP president Amit Shah arrives in Nagpur on Friday.(Sudarshan Sakharkar) BJP president Amit Shah arrives in Nagpur on Friday. (Sudarshan Sakharkar)
Written by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur | Posted: July 19, 2014 1:56 am

BJP president Amit Shah Friday called on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat here and held over an hour-long meeting during which they are believed to have discussed the forthcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra.

According to sources, Bhagwat told the BJP chief that the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state must be fought by the party without the kind of support RSS cadres lent it during the Lok Sabha elections. The RSS doesn’t want the BJP to be always dependent on the RSS for electoral success, sources said.

Bhagwat, it is gathered, also told Shah that the party must not do anything that will take a toll on its image. Sources said the advice could have been given in the context of the party’s bid to form government in New Delhi.

During the one-on-one meeting that lasted for about 75 minutes, Shah also invited Bhagwat for his son’s wedding ceremony, the sources said.

Earlier, immediately after his arrival in the city around noon, Shah headed for Deekshabhoomi to pay tributes at the Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial. He then went to state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis residence, where he met a group of party workers. Prominent state BJP leaders Vinod Tawde, Pankaja Munde, Ajay Sancheti, Banwarilal Purohit and city BJP chief Girish Vyas were also present at Fadnavis’s residence. Shah had lunch and a siesta before proceeding for the Smruti Mandir premises, where he paid tributes at RSS founder K B Hedgewar’s and his successor M S Golwalkar’s memorials.

The BJP chief then reached the Sangh Building, the RSS headquarters in Mahal area of the city, where he was closeted with Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat.

He later flew off to New Delhi in the evening.

There was no briefing about his meetings and Shah avoided media all through the day. Vyas told The Indian Express: “He had to visit Nagpur after becoming party chief. So, he did. It was basically to pay tributes to Ambedkar and Hedgewar and Golwalkar memorials. There was nothing very special to plan and discuss.”

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