BJP national general secretary Amit Shah has sought support from the RSS and its wings in UP to help the party achieve its target of winning at least 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state next year. Shah has also appealed to the RSS to provide feedback and suggestions on the BJPs campaigns,its strength at the ground level and the candidates seeking ticket for the elections.
Shah,during his recent Lucknow tour,visited the offices of RSS,Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP),Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP),Hindu Jagran Manch and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh,and met the office-bearers.
BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai,who accompanied Shah,said,That was only a courtesy meeting with the RSS office-bearers and there was no other issue.
Sources in the RSS and ABVP,however,said Shah has assured them that their opinion will not be ignored anymore. Shah assured that BJP will maintain a regular dialogue with the RSS in future and that they can give their feedback directly to him or to Bajpai and Rakesh Kumar (BJP state general secretary in charge of the organisation), said an RSS office-bearer.
BJP leaders are now expecting an effective role of the RSS in the selection of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. Sources said the RSS had criticised the partys decision to induct tainted ex-ministers Babu Singh Kushwaha and Badshah Singh during the Assembly elections last year. The Sangh had also expressed displeasure over the poor participation of the BJP leaders in the UP lap of the Ganga Samagra Yatra led by Uma Bharti.