Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday visited the RSS headquarters here and held a three hour-long discussion with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat,Sarkaryawah Bhaiyyaji Joshi and Sahsarkaryawah Suresh Soni.
The RSS is believed to have expressed reservations about the Andhra Pradesh BJPs move to collect Rs 5 from those desirous of attending the forthcoming Modi rally in Hyderabad.
The meeting is significant coming as it does after senior RSS leaders met BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi,L K Advani and party president Rajnath Singh this month and Bhagwat did brainstorming with senior pracharaks and leaders of frontal organisations at Amravati last week.
BJP-RSS co-ordinator Ramlal was also present at the headquarters on Tuesday,but wasnt privy to the deliberations.
Sources said,The RSS leaders conveyed to Modi the gist of pracharaks inputs that reflected the general public mood across the country…He was advised on how to deal with Advani and his supporters in the party,without directly mentioning what they (the Advani camp) think of him and his style of functioning. The RSS pitched for complete unity in the Parivar in what it sees as its last-ditch effort and perhaps the best chance for the BJP to return to power. Modi, they said,has emerged as the strongest contender for the top job mainly because of the TINA (there is no alternative) factor.
The RSS reportedly stressed that the Congress must be projected as a divide and rule party that practices communalism for votes. Targeting the youth was also stressed as one of the key strategies for 2014,it is gathered.
Earlier,Modi arrived at Nagpur to a rousing welcome. Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari arrived by a different flight a little before Modi landed,and waited for the latter to arrive. Gadkari,however,wasnt present at the RSS headquarters for the deliberations.
BJP puts blanket on his burqa remark
New Delhi: In an apparent attempt to defuse the controversy over Narendra Modi’s burqa of secularism remarks,the BJP on Tuesday avoided verbatim reference to its chief campaigners comments and paraphrased it as a blanket of secularism to accuse the Congress of evading debate on issues of governance.
The Congress is hiding behind the blanket of secularism and wants to clandestinely grab votes, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said. Hussain sidestepped persistent queries on burqa of secularism saying stick to the blanket for now.
Whenever the Congress faces a crisis whether it is corruption,inflation or rape of a girl it wears the burqa of secularism and hides in a bunker instead of coming forward and answering the people, Modi had said on Sunday at a rally in Pune. His remarks went on to create a political furore with the Congress asserting that it found burqa of secularism better than naked communalism.
BJP spokespersons attempt to avoid using Modis phrase reflected the unease within a section of the party that apprehends that its chief campaigners language may run counterproductive to the partys larger goal to hold the government politically accountable for its alleged dismal governance record in next elections.
Hussain took a dig at Nitish Kumar for extending support to the food security ordinance asking if the Bihar government will launch the food security scheme on Rajiv Gandhis birthday as planned by the Congress-ruled states. We want to know whether he (Nitish) is going to start implementing the food security legislation on Rajiv Gandhis birthday in Bihar? he asked. ENS