RSS enters last leg of BJP deliberations on next President

“The RSS has not given any name. It will have no objection to the name suggested by the party after wider consultations,” a source said. The Sangh hopes that the BJP will arrive at a choice after consulting its top leaders.

Written by Ravish Tiwari | New Delhi | Published:June 18, 2017 5:29 am
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The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has joined the last leg of the process of internal deliberations within the ruling party to finalise a candidate for the post of President, ahead of an announcement early next week. With RSS No. 2 Bhaiyyaji Joshi indisposed — he is said to be recovering from a surgery — the task of informal consultations has fallen on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and joint general secretaries Dattatreya Hosabale and Krishna Gopal, sources told The Sunday Express.

Sources did not rule out the possibility of Bhagwat having already held informal talks with a senior BJP leader before he left New Delhi Saturday morning. Bhagwat was in the capital Friday for a scheduled meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee. A fortnight ago, BJP president Amit Shah had met Bhagwat in Nagpur.

Krishna Gopal, the RSS point man for the BJP, was still camping in Delhi after Bhagwat’s departure, sources said. He is likely to touch base with senior BJP leaders like Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu, Arun Jaitley — these three are in Shah’s committee to consult the Opposition on the next President — as well as Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj, subject to their availability. Gadkari is travelling abroad and is likely to return late Saturday night. Gopal, sources indicated, would use the Delhi stopover to get a sense of what senior party leaders have in mind.

“The RSS has not given any name. It will have no objection to the name suggested by the party after wider consultations,” a source said. The Sangh hopes that the BJP will arrive at a choice after consulting its top leaders. t As part of this strategy, Shah has already met Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu and Gadkari among others.

Though party leaders remain tightlipped on the informal deliberations, sources indicated that party veteran Murli Manohar Joshi was not out of contention yet. Additionally, at least two sources suggested that Jaitley’s name too was not being ruled out from a list of names being considered in the BJP-RSS deliberations. Names of Sushma Swaraj and Speaker Sumitra Mahajan have been doing the rounds of BJP-RSS circles along with that of Venkaiah Naidu.

A senior RSS functionary denied suggestions that the RSS was trying to steer the course of deliberations regarding the BJP’s choice of Presidential nominee. “All that RSS expects that BJP will sound out the name of the candidate before the announcement after its leadership has completed its internal deliberations,” said a source who had been briefed on the informal consultations between senior BJP leaders and the RSS.

Most party leaders, however, played down these deliberations, suggesting that informal deliberations are only brainstorming sessions, aimed at aligning the thought process behind the selection of the BJP’s nominee with Prime Minister Narendra Modi being the final arbiter.

The BJP appears to be veering towards finalising a candidate early next week. With Shah slated to travel to Gujarat (June 20-21) after his return to the capital on Sunday, a decision on its choice is likely to be announced soon to ensure that formalities are completed before the Prime Minister leaves for his engagements abroad from June 24.

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    Yashwanth Bhat
    Jun 18, 2017 at 11:35 pm
    Mujhe na NDA ka President banna hai aur na UPA ka President banna hai. President ko koi kaam hota sivaaye Pradhan Sevak ka aur Parliament ka bill sign karne. Meri biwi Heena Khan ko banao President of India. Mujhe bas Trainee Mechanical Engineer ka interview dilwaado kisi private energy firm main taaki main Modi ka Divyang na banu. I'm serious. Ain't kidding Team India and Team Australia. Cheers!
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      Vinitha
      Jun 18, 2017 at 4:12 pm
      I'm sure if Rss chief is elected for the presidential post within coming six years only cows will be in the houses and the people will be grazing the dry grass
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        George Cruz
        Jun 18, 2017 at 8:01 pm
        The patriotic organizations like the RSS is democratic/secular, peace loving, and inclusive of all since its days of inception in 1926. The RSS was first demonized by the British for protesting against the heinous/forcible conversions and later by the congress party which started dividing the people of India based on the religion/caste for Muslim/Christian vote bank. Today, the RSS has been increasingly accepted by the larger Hindu population except for the converted Christians/Muslims. The cow slaughter was imposed by the congress party in the 1970's once again for vote bank. Apart from that, the cow meat available in India is dirty/unhygienic and scientifically proven to be the causes of terminal diseases like cancer, heart conditions, and diabetes and as per WHO, in India the diseases like cancer, heart conditions are highest among the Christians/Muslims who are largest consumers of cow meat compared to the Hindus who are largely vegetarians.
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        Vinitha
        Jun 18, 2017 at 3:58 pm
        BJP should elect a democratic leader who has real love for his country irrespective of cast, creed and religion. The RSS is not a democratic. Its chief os not a right person for the presidential post. Please allow the people of India to live in peace and harmony.
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          Chelliah Rajah
          Jun 18, 2017 at 2:21 pm
          Thank God.Now Nagpur based organization is openly involving in direct political activities after 2014 general elections.So no need for two names for the the same group with same political and social agenda.The time has come for merger of these great patriots.Their merger will definitely speed up all their people welfare programmes.
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            Antony
            Jun 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm
            During UPA time manmohan singh govt was completely remote controlled by sonia gandhi led PAC now NDA govt is completely controlled by a fascist organization based in nagpur who never accepted our cons ution and sided with british during freedom struggle ! so the results we can see! modi becomes a cow minister and actual primeminster is RSS chief and the govt is working hard for the welfare of cows and gau rakshak terrorists only! illiterate RSS karyavahaks threatened the ministers and make regressive policies and rules which inturn affected the economy of the country and directly hit the stomach of the poor farmers ! The latest environmental rules formulated by RSS has killed a number of industries including, leather, meat processing, wax, soap and many related ones where millions of poor people are emplo . The new pet shop rules have destro the ornamental fish industry too where many self emplo people will lose their livlihood! Thanks to RSS !
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              Christian chutiya
              Jun 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm
              Faschist HItler was a Christian. Faschist Mussolini was a Christian. Faschist child rapist pope is a christian. Tell me who is Faschist here?
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                Anonymous
                Jun 18, 2017 at 5:12 pm
                True sir.
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                Anil Bharali
                Jun 19, 2017 at 4:49 am
                RSS must give up MI6 communal design to kill Muslim by any means i.e physically and economically. Now India is Independent, they should have shown the courage defy MI6 anti Muslim agenda. Otherwise, history will raise question on their priority on Imperial loyalty in Independent India. Will the new generation RSS take it seriously ???
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                kempu
                Jun 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm
                The holy cow, whom the RSS so much worships/adores, wou-ld be a better choice than Bhagwat ji himself for the high-est consti-tutional post in Hind Rashtra. If the modest holy cow doesn't accept the nominat-ion, then the RSS in its "last leg" of deliber-ations, can certa-inly consider the buffalo -- although it is a bit less holy -- for the most eminent post.
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                  Christian chutiya
                  Jun 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm
                  Let's drink wine and think of Jesus blood. Let's eat bread and enjoy his flesh. And you continue to rape children celebrating the terroist Jesus who got hanged and nailed for spreading terrorism.
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                    Vinitha
                    Jun 18, 2017 at 4:02 pm
                    What are speaking nonsense
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                  Parth Garg
                  Jun 18, 2017 at 1:32 pm
                  RSS entering the last leg of BJP deliberations on next President has proved that it is an extra cons utional authority under the present dispensation.
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                    Christian chutiya
                    Jun 18, 2017 at 3:10 pm
                    I suppose you raping kids in churches is within the secular cons utional framework of terroist Jesus mafia.
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                      kempu
                      Jun 18, 2017 at 6:06 pm
                      Pracharak PM himself is a hardcore RSS man. Like a virus the RSS has infiltr-ated into all key posts. From the numer-ous assert-ions and "innovative" tactics of Gen Bipin Rawat (and some of his "boys") it isn't diffi-cult to make out that he is subserv-ing the Hindu rashtra agenda. . . The Hindutva extremi-sts, backed by a sect-ion of the Army India Inc are provok-ing a war-like atmosphere in the country, because that is the only way they can make us forget the unemploy-ment crisis, farmers' crisis etc. The RSS is a master of brain-wash-ing techn-iques : it knows how to hide its extra-const-tuit-ional role and appear as a moral authority. . . We shou-ld heed Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi's timely warn-ing : ". . we must resist a second parti-tion-ing of India, of its versatile ethos. ." (THE HINDU/June 16).
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                      Srinivas
                      Jun 18, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                      Who the heck is RSS to have an opinion? Aren't we a democracy with elected MPs?
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                        kempu
                        Jun 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm
                        This is an imp and relevant ques-tion. The RSS is slowly and surely usurp-ing posit-ions of power throu-gh means provid-ed by free market, electoral democracy. India Inc is filling the election coffers of the RSS-BJP combine. Espec-ially the newly emerg-ing pvt defence busi-ness is fully behind pracharak PM. A recent report says : ". . Defence will emerge as the largest busi-ness for the Reliance Group, said Anil Ambani. . . as Reliance Defence gears to tap opportu-nities worth Rs 1 lakh crore annually in the Indian defence market. . ' This is a big playing field for the private sector,' Ambani said. ." (THE HINDU/March 1, 2017). So the "heck" is that the rul-ing RSS-BJP combine is back-ed to the hilt by very rich, powerful tycoons, especi-ally by the merchants of death.
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