The RSS on Friday said it would like a larger debate on the concerns raised by BJPs Rajya Sabha MP,Arun Shourie in his four-part series on the decline of political parties in The Indian Express,but added that the MP should have used various party fora to raise his concerns.
Commenting on the four-part series,that raised a host of systemic issues afflicting the party (that have earlier been raised by leaders like Jaswant Singh and Yashwant Sinha) RSS ideologue M G Vaidya said: I read the series in The Indian Express very carefully. Ideally,he should have raised the issues in the party.
But then he is not referring to any political party per se in the series. But the larger points raised by him are extremely important that ideology must remain the mainstay of any political party. And that mass-base parties must not have
any place for coteries. In parties like ones led by Sharad Pawar and Mulayam Singh Yadav,a coterie can be allowed to have the final say. But not in the BJP or Congress. The RSS ideologue,however,added that Shourie should have raised these issues in the party instead of writing about them.
BJPs Disciplinary Committee chief Ram Naik said only the party’s parliamentary board and its leader L K Advani or party president Rajnath Singh could initiate any disciplinary action against MPs. And Shourie is a Rajya Sabha MP. I would not like to comment on the four-part series that he wrote, he said.
Sushma Swaraj,Deputy Leader of Opposition,has already said the views expressed by Shourie were his own and not the party’s,so any action against him was not being contemplated. Sources close to party president Rajnath Singh said Shourie’s article didn’t refer to any leader or the party itself. So action against him was not plausible.
Shourie’s four-part series,without actually naming the party,has caused considerable unease in the party. A senior BJP leader,when asked about Shourie’s series,said: At times,silence is far more preferable to voicing your opinion on every given issue. We have decided not to speak on the issue at all,especially when we think things are getting better for the party. The party hopes to discuss these issues at length at its three-day chintan baithak scheduled for the third week of August.