BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday met top Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Bhaiyaji Joshi, who is second in command in the Sangh, and apprised him of the 2014 general election, the likely outcome and also discussed post-poll scenarios, according to highly-placed sources.
RSS pointsman in BJP Suresh Soni was also a part of the meeting. The trio held discussions for almost two hours at the RSS' Jhandewalan office in New Delhi. "This meeting was essentially to apprise the Sangh about the elections, which will end tomorrow (Monday) and the likely outcome on May 16. Post-poll scenarios and the future course of action were also discussed," a source told dna. "Discussions about roping in new partners if need be in a post-poll scenario were also held in the meeting."
The BJP, however, says the party will get a majority on its own and there won't be any need to approach new partners. Denying discussing any post-poll scenario right now, a senior BJP leader said, "See, this is just one meeting. A series of such meetings will take place as there are lots of new things to be done." Interestingly, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, after finishing campaigning in Varanasi on Saturday, flew to Delhi and met the top RSS brass. He also met former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee and took his blessings. Modi tweeted about this on Sunday: "After addressing final campaign rally came to seek Atalji's blessings. Had met him when campaign started. Its always special to meet him."
There is a strong likelihood that the BJP will need to reach out to some old NDA partners such as Naveen Patnaik's Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha. BJD had parted ways with the BJP just before the 2009 general election.