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Amit Shah meets RSS leader, talks election, economy

They also discussed the role of Vistarak and the RSS Parivar at the grass root level, and above all, curbs on cow vigilantism

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Amit Shah meets RSS leader, talks election, economy
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Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah made a midnight dash to Mumbai to meet Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi where the two discussed various issues ranging from economy, social media to RSS' help in the 2019 general elections.

While neither Shah nor Joshi wanted to disclose what happened at the meeting, it is significant that it took place immediately after BJP's national executive meet in Delhi. Shah flew in past Monday midnight and met Joshi .

The leaders are believed to have discussed the Centre's much-awaited fiscal push to arrest faltering growth and BJP's ongoing plan to strengthen party organisation at the booth level in a bid to win 350-plus seats in the 2019 general elections.

They also discussed the role of Vistarak and the RSS Parivar at the grass root level, and above all, curbs on cow vigilantism.

A veteran BJP leader, who did not want to be named, told DNA, "Fiscal stimulus was undoubtedly on top of the agenda. The dip in GDP growth is a matter of concern. The government has collected nearly Rs 13 lakh crore through various cess and taxes on petrol and diesel during last three years and there is a net surplus of Rs 7 lakh crore. The government is contemplating fiscal stimulus of Rs 1.50 to 2 lakh crore and hopes that higher GST collection will come to its rescue to maintain fiscal discipline.'' Shah has reportedly briefed Joshi on the Centre's proposal to spend more on social and rural sectors and boost infrastructure development.

Further, BJP's ambitious plan to win 350-plus seats on its own was discussed at length by Shah. The party has appointed Vistaraks across the country with a mandate to incorporate people from various castes, creed and religion by effectively marketing the government's pro-development and welfare programmes. "Here, the RSS Parivar can lend a helping hand by deploying its cadre," the party leader said.

On cow vigilantism, Joshi is believed to have reminded Shah that "Sabka sweekar aur samman" needed to be practised in true spirit. Joshi's advice comes close on the heels of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's observation that those who sincerely respect cows don't resort to violence at any cost, "even if their sentiments are deeply hurt".

At the end of meeting, Shah made a passing reference to the induction of former chief minister Narayan Rane into the BJP. However, Joshi is believed to have left it to Shah and the party to take a call in this regard.

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