Forget gods,goddesses,only think of Mother India: RSS

Mohan Bhagwat pitches for youth brigade,asks Sangh seniors to have patience.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: October 18, 2013 3:36:18 am

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Thursday that the Sangh was not interested in day-to-day affairs of politics. He said that the fifth generation of Sanghis was ready to serve the motherland,indicating that seniors should make way for the young. Bhagwat was in Ahmedabad to facilitate three retiring trustees of the RSS mouthpiece Sadhna — Ramanbhai Shah,Maneklal Patel and Jahangiram Gidwani.

Speaking at the Town Hall in Ahmedabad,Bhagwat said,“The Sangh has no interest in contemporary politics. It is not a word or a thought,but a way of life. We are here to do our duty and have no expectations. We are not looking for popularity and don’t want money. We are doing things out of love for the country. “

The RSS chief’s words seem to be in stark contrast to the events in the BJP that followed Modi’s elevation as the campaign committee chief in July and his announcement as prime ministerial nominee last month. Veteran BJP leader L K Advani,who had resigned from all posts of the BJP after the decision,took back his resignation only after Bhagwat’s intervention.

Drawing several inferences from religious texts like the Ramayan,Bhagwat made several passing references to the impasse between L K Advani and his protege Narendra Modi. With an eye on the upcoming Lok Sabha polls,Bhagwat belied confidence about BJP’s chances in it as he asked RSS “seniors” to have patience.

“If Lord Ram is popular even today it is because of his values and how he lived. We will assure our seniors that we will walk the same path that they have walked. There will be challenges,but we will follow the same ideals… We will carry forward the rich legacy with the same intensity and ask only for some patience from our veterans,because it will be done in a short while,” he said.

Before heading out to the Hedgewar Bhavan,the RSS headquarters in the city,Bhagwat underlined the Sangh’s new-age mantra for the next generation. “Our youngsters today have the capability to serve the global society at large… What I would say is that forget gods,goddesses,only think of Mother India,” he said. Top BJP leaders like Smriti Irani and R C Faldu were present at the event.

Modi meets RSS chief

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat here. “Modi paid a courtesy call and met Bhagwat at the RSS headquarters in Maninagar,” RSS sources said. The meeting lasted for more than 40 minutes,sources said. PTI

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