Ahead of Assembly elections, state BJP president Vasundhara Raje along with other senior leaders of the party met senior leaders of the RSS in Sawai Madhopur on Tuesday. The significance of the meeting could be ascertained by the fact that among the RSS leaders who attended this meeting included Suresh “Bhaiyaji” Joshi, the RSS second-in-command.
The closed door meeting lasted for nearly three and half hours in which only a handful of leaders from both sides were present. Apart from Raje other BJP leaders in the meeting were Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria, state in charge Kaptan Singh Solanki and Rajya Sabha MP Bhupendra Yadav while the RSS side was represented by former general secretary (Organisation) in the state BJP and sah sampark pramukh Prakash Chandra, sangh pracharak Durgadas and sampark pramukh Rajendra.
While, the leaders were tightlipped about discourse of the meeting, sources said that the core issue was coordination between the party and the RSS since the latter has been apprehensive of Raje’s style of functioning. Although, the RSS has no choice but to back the BJP whole heartedly since the victory in Assembly election is considered for its impact on 2014 general elections but in last five years the relations between Sangh and the party in the state have been frosty.
The Sangh was apparently not happy with the ill-treatment meted out to one of its senior leaders Prakash Chandra who was organisaton secretary in the state BJP by Raje. The fact that since the last Assembly elections the RSS has not sent anyone to fill up the post of organisational secretary ever since Prakash Chandra resigned after defeat in the last Assembly election clearly explained anger of the RSS.
However, considering that the loss in Assembly elections might affect chances of the saffron party in 2014, the RSS has deployed national joint general secretaries (organisation) Saudan Singh and V Satish to iron out all the differences.