RSS-BJP meeting in Delhi; Assessment on the cards

RSTV Bureau

BJP-Modi-Advani-JaitleyThe three day meeting of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliate organisations has begun in the capital. RSS will be deliberating on host of issues including, perhaps the “performance” of Narendra Modi led central government in the last 15 months. Though on its part, RSS is maintaining that it is neither meant to review Modi government’s performance nor to take any decision but only to “exchange notes” and deliberate over the inputs provided by the participants.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to join the meeting, while party chief Amit Shah is expected to attend all three days.

On Wednesday, top BJP leaders and later the ministers joined the RSS meet held at Madhyanchal Bhawan in South Delhi. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar, Health Minister JP Nadda were among those present in the meet, apart from BJP President Amit Shah.

Among the major issues, the delegates and members will brainstorm over the subjects ranging from the key social and economic policies and even an emotive issue of ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP).

The incumbent government is facing a protest from several ex-servicemen who have been demanding the quick implementation on the policy. The resolution, however, remains elusive.

Besides, the issues like latest released census figures on religion-wise break-up, Patel agitation in Gujarat, land acquisition bill, labour reforms and education policy are likely to be discussed too.

It is also reliably learnt that the ministers of the Central government may brief the RSS and other top delegates on the matters concerning economy, agriculture and education.

The meeting assumes significance, especially in the wake of Modi government’s decision of not to renew the controversial land acquisition bill brought in the amended form as an Ordinance last year. The amended bill or the Ordinance has been a cause of much unease for the government. The Ordinance was dubbed by the opposition, and especially by the Congress party, as the ‘anti-farmer’ and ‘anti-poor’. Several RSS affiliated organisations and even the allies of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre had also opposed the provisions of the amended bill when it was examined by the Parliamentary panel.

Another issue that is staring Narendra Modi government is an impasse with the Opposition that had led to the logjam in Parliament in the latest concluded Monsoon session. The issue still stares the government on its face as it is contemplating to call a Special Session in a hope to get all-crucial GST Bill through.

The opposition had all along the Monsoon session raised protest against the BJP-led government outside and inside the Parliament over the issues of Lalit Modi controversy and a massive recruitment and admission ‘Vyapam’ scam in Madhya Pradesh, a BJP ruled state.

(With inputs from the PTI)