New Delhi: Top RSS functionaries on Tuesday came
down heavily on the BJP leadership during their annual
coordination meeting, criticising it for lack of mutual
communication, speaking in different voices, "dilution" of
nationalist ideology and not being an effective opposition.
RSS leaders Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Madandas Devi and Suresh
Soni held an eight-hour long meeting with BJP top brass in
which they expressed the Sangh Parivar`s resentment over
"dilution of BJP`s core ideology" in the functioning of the
party, sources said.
BJP was represented by L K Advani, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma
Swaraj, Rajnath Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi and Ananth Kumar,
The RSS also assessed the performance of Gadkari as the
BJP President since he took over six months ago.
"The RSS emphasised on more co-ordination among the
seniormost BJP leaders to amicably resolve differences and
also to prevent leaders from speaking in different voices on
important issues," a senior party leader said.
One such issue is the inclusion of caste data in the
ongoing Census. RSS is of the view that caste should not be
included in the Census as it is divisive and does not go with
the Sangh Parivar`s ideology of inclusiveness and nationalism.
But BJP, egged on by its OBC leaders like Gopinath Munde,
has stated in Parliament that it favours inclusion of caste
and other data in Census as it would help in policy
Despite differences with the Sangh and a section within
the BJP (Joshi has publicly taken the RSS line), the matter
was not discussed in the recent Patna national executive.
However, senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar described today`s
meeting as a routine yearly affair in which important issues
like "national security, terrorism and Maoism" were discussed.
"We discussed ways to further the nationalist ideology
and also how to strengthen the BJP," he added.
Sources said RSS was also of the view that BJP showed
undue haste in taking back expelled leader Jaswant Singh into
Without naming former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma
Bharti and ex-general secretary (Organisation) Sanjay Joshi,
the RSS leaders said there were others in the queue who
deserved to be inducted into BJP more than Jaswant Singh.
RSS feels return of the former external affairs minister
is another example of dilution of the core Sangh ideology.
The Sangh wants BJP to come clear on its stand on M A
Jinnah. Singh was expelled for authoring "Jinnah-India,
Partition, Independence" in which he praised the
Pakistan founder and held Sardar Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru
responsible for partition.
Singh still stands by his book and has not apologised.
Party sources said Gadkari is in talks with the state
units of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh as well as the
central leadership to find a way out for Uma`s entry.
There are murmurs that Joshi may also be inducted into
Gadkari`s team as a RSS representative in the party.
Sources said RSS felt that BJP was not acting as an
"effective opposition" and mentioned the Bhopal gas tragedy
issue in which the party "failed" to corner the government
despite allegations of involvement of former Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi in allowing UCC CEO Warren Anderson to leave the
Even on the recent problems with JD(U) in Bihar, RSS
felt the BJP leadership had failed to take a clear stand and
convey it to the party activists, who were left "confused".