The principal Opposition party has found a reason to take on the incumbent Modi government over the RSS meet in Delhi, where the cabinet ministers reportedly held briefing sessions with the top office-bearers of the RSS. The three-day meet of the RSS and its affiliate organisations in Delhi has generated a reasonable interest in the political circles. Prime Minister too attended the meet late on Friday afternoon.
The Congress party has even gone on to ask if the BJP-led central government is “accountable” to the RSS or to the people of the country.
“It confirms that the RSS is controlling this government and its Ministers are answerable to RSS rather than being accountable to the people of India. When all senior ministers are giving report cards to RSS, is the government accountable to RSS or people of India?” Congress spokesman RPN Singh said targeting the BJP over its participation in the RSS meet.
The former MoS Home Affairs in the Congress led UPA-2 cabinet RPN Singh also alleged that “it is embarrassing for the nation” when Cabinet Ministers make presentations to “controversial” people like the VHP leader Pravin Togadia. VHP or Vishwa Hindu Parishad is an organisation affiliated to the RSS.
In an official statement too, the Congress party strongly criticised Narendra Modi government over the RSS-BJP meeting.
“This explains why the Prime Minister has remained mum through all the scams, the slide in the economy and the rapid fall in development of the country”, AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told the press in New Delhi.
The three-day meet which began on Wednesday, has so far been attended by the top BJP leaders and the senior cabinet ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Manohar Parrikar, Nitin Gadkari, Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar, JP Nadda along with BJP president Amit Shah. PM Modi is also expected to join the meet. The three-day meet ends on Friday.
It is reportedly learnt that the top office-bearers of the RSS and BJP leaders deliberated over issues like the latest released census figures on religion-wise break-up, Patel agitation in Gujarat, land acquisition bill, labour reforms and education policy. It is also reliably learnt that the ministers of the BJP-led NDA government held discussions with the RSS leaders and other top delegates on the matters relating to the state of economy and agriculture.
Another major topic taken up during the meet was an emotive issue of ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP), where the incumbent is facing a protest from several ex-servicemen who have been demanding the quick implementation on the policy. With resolution still remaining elusive, the RSS is learnt to have asked the government to resolve the issue soon.
With the three-day meet coming to an end on Friday, the Congress party looks all set to use the issue to intensify its criticism against the BJP government even further.
“RSS-BJP meet demonstrates that remote control is now overt control. Modi may be PM but Bhagwat is the boss. BJP govt puppet of RSS and oligarchs,” senior Congress leader and former Union I&B minister Manish Tewari wrote on a micro blogging site.
(With inputs from the PTI/agencies)