`RSS does not take any decision under pressure`

The RSS on Wednesday attempted to dispel the perception that it has taken Chief Minister Narendra Modi`s side.

Ahmedabad: Amidst bitter infighting between various factions of the Gujarat BJP, the RSS on Wednesday attempted to dispel the perception that it has taken Chief Minister Narendra Modi`s side by stating that the Sangh does not take any decision under political pressure.

The RSS said that the infighting is the internal matter of the party but Sangh in such a situation remains in touch with leaders and discusses with them what should be their role as a `swayamsevak`.

The statements come at a time when there is a general perception that the powerful Hindu outfit has aligned with Modi and BJP is facing state elections later this year.

The Sanjay Joshi feud, the issue of reliving pracharak Bhaskar Rao Damle, who is supporter of anti-Modi group leader within BJP Keshubhai Patel from its state executive and Modi`s bid for prime ministerial post, have created an impression that the RSS is supporting Modi.

In an interview published in `Sadhna` a Gujarati mouthpiece of the RSS here, Gujarat region head of the organisation Jayantibhai Bhadesia denied that removal of Damle or any other decision were taken under political or any other pressure from the state chief minister.

"RSS never takes any decision under political pressure. Throughout the years, RSS has continued to stick to its own system and well defined policies," Bhadesia said.

Ahead of the forthcoming assembly election, it seems that instead of working unitedly the BJP is on the roads of fragmentation, as former chief minister Patel and other senior leaders have indicated that they will float their own political front to take on Modi in the state elections.

Expressing his view on the role of RSS when the infighting is at its peak, Bhadesia said, "It is the internal matter of BJP. RSS believes that everybody has to mind its own business.

But RSS continues to keep in touch with its swayam sevaks and guide them appropriately."

Sources in the RSS said that joint general secretary of RSS, Suresh Soni had recently visited the state and met both Modi and Patel to broker peace between the two warring groups but the attempt has not fructified.

PTI

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