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PM Modi to hold `dinner pe charcha` with top RSS leaders tonight

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 18:26

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet top RSS leaders Thursday night to discuss the political situation in Delhi and the upcoming assembly elections in four major states later this year.

As per reports, the Prime Minister has invited the RSS top brass for `dinner pe charcha`.

His meeting with the top RSS leaders comes hours after the newly appointed BJP chief Amit Shah held discussions with them here.
During the meeting Modi, senior BJP and RSS leaders are expected to finalise a new team of party office-bearers who will work under Shah. This is important to ensure better coordination between the BJP, Modi government and the RSS in view of crucial assembly elections to be held this year.

Amit Shah, this morning, held two-hour-long deliberations with top RSS leaders at the residence of former party president Nitin Gadkari where Shah`s predecessor Rajnath Singh was also present.

Bhaiyyaji Joshi, second to Mohan Bhagwat in the Sangh hierarchy, Suresh Soni and Dattatreya Hosabale were among the RSS brass present there.

"All important issues came up for discussion. Coordination with the RSS is key and Modi has been stressing on its importance since we came to power," a party leader said.
BJP sources say that Modi is keen on maintaining cordial ties with RSS. Party leaders believe that a strain in the their relationship during former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee`s era worked to its disadvantage and was a reason behind its surprise defeat during 2004 elections.

The meeting assumes significance as BJP is hopeful of winning majority in four states which will go to polls later this year, and for this, the party has to fine-tune its election strategy for maximum gains.

The RSS, which has in recent years sought to play a more involved role in the BJP`s affairs, has backed the appointment as BJP chief of Amit Shah - Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s closest aide and the man he reportedly wanted in that post - to ensure that the party and the government it leads at the Centre have the best coordination.

First Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 17:47

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