RSS to broker peace between Modi government and Sangh Parivar
New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has asked its affiliates not to publicly attack the Narendra Modi government over their differences while reassuring them that it is taking up the contentious issues internally with the various ministries.
Sangh joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale made the appeal at an event organised here last evening by the Vidarbha unit of Sangh labour arm Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the Nagpur media said.
Hosabale said the Sangh had handed each of several Union ministries a list of points on which the parivar at large disagrees with that particular ministry, and expressed confidence that solutions would be reached amicably.
He added that the total number of these points was 72 - including 29 extremely contentious ones - but did not elaborate. He was quoted as assuring BMS leaders that if they had any concerns, the Sangh would bring them to the government's notice.
Sources said the list of 72 included concerns on purported government plans for labour reforms and a push to genetically modified crops, as well as foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail.
Various Sangh affiliates such as the economic arm Swadeshi Jagaran Manch as well as labour body BMS and farmers' front Bharatiya Kisan Sangh have publicly castigated the government on issues such as FDI and the land acquisition bill.
On May 26, the government's first anniversary, the BMS plans to jointly announce with other national-level trade union associations a countrywide agitation against the Centre's alleged plans to curb trade unionism and tweak the labour laws to make layoffs easier.
It wasn't clear whether Hosabale's appeal - that the affiliates let the Sangh mediate with the government instead of taking the problems to the streets - would have an impact.
A couple of months ago, at a meeting of the Sangh's highest decision-making body, the All India Pratinidhi Sabha, Hosabale had sent the frontal organisations the same message of avoiding public showdowns with the government and resolving differences through dialogue. It had signalled it was firmly behind the Modi government and its policies.
The Sangh appears happy with the overall performance of the government, including its steps to stem corruption.
The Sangh has held a series of meetings with senior Union ministers at its headquarters in Nagpur at a time Modi is abroad, suggesting it is closely monitoring the government's work and agenda.
Yesterday, BJP president Amit Shah was briefed on the Sangh's disagreements with the government when he met Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, accompanied by surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari.
On Thursday, home minister Rajnath Singh had met Bhagwat. Today, defence minister Manohar Parrikar arrived for a meeting.
The Sangh's attitude towards the government contrasts sharply with the way it had attacked the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government more than a decade ago.
Hosabale was quoted as telling yesterday's event that the BMS should help the government continue with its positive momentum in the national interest.
The government can't deliver on all its promises in a year, he said, but a beginning has been made.
The Telegraph, Kolkata
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