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Campaigning over, Modi meets Bhagwat

RSS leaders, in fact, have come out publicly appealing for a change of the government at the Centre.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 11, 2014 1:59:29 am

With campaigning for elections coming to an end Saturday, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi called on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in the capital. Modi also held a separate meeting with party president Rajnath Singh at the latter’s residence in the capital.

Sources said Modi’s meeting at RSS’s local headquarters was also attended by RSS number two Bhaiyyaji Joshi and RSS pointsperson for BJP Suresh Soni among other top RSS leaders.

While both sides remained tight-lipped about what transpired at the meeting with RSS leaders, sources said it was more than a routine courtesy call by the BJP leader. Sources indicated they exchanged notes about electioneering and their “assessment” of the outcome when results come out on May 16.

Earlier, senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi had also called on Bhagwat in Nagpur.

The meeting holds significance in wake of the fact that RSS has extended its most visible support to BJP’s election campaign this time. RSS leaders, in fact, have come out publicly appealing for a change of the government at the Centre, indicating their political might against incumbent Congress across the country during this election.

Last June, Bhagwat had also intervened in the internal affairs of the BJP when he sorted out the crisis arising out of L K Advani’s resignation from all party positions in protest over Modi’s declaration as the party’s chief election campaigner. RSS top brass, subsequently, worked on Advani and senior party leader Sushma Swaraj to get their consent to the projection of Modi as BJP’s PM candidate in September last year.
Modi also went to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s residence in the capital to seek his blessings before the last phase of polls on Monday. “After addressing final campaign rally came to seek Atalji’s blessings. Had met him when campaign started. It’s always special to meet him,” tweeted Modi.

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