BJP admits to RSS intervention

The BJP for the first time publicly acknowledged RSS intervention in its internal matters when party president Rajnath Singh announced on Tuesday evening that Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat brokered peace with sulking patriarch L K Advani who had resigned from three posts. Though RSS top leaders influence BJP’s important decisions, the party has never acknowledged this.

Rajnath Singh claimed in the morning that the RSS was not behind the sordid Advani episode as it was being reported in some newspapers and news channels.

Questioning news reports, Singh before leaving for Rajasthan had told reporters outside his house that he had checked with RSS functionaries and they had denied that they have given statements on Advani’s tussle.

But, by the evening Singh did the opposite when he announced, “Tuesday afternoon, RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat spoke to Advani and asked him to respect the BJP Parliamentary Board decision and continue to guide the party in national interest.

Advani has decided to accept Bhagwat’s advice”. Advani camp leaders were also reportedly saying that an RSS leader had sided with the party president to give Modi what he wanted.

It is learnt that the RSS and Advani were not enjoying the best of relations since the former deputy prime minister had put his foot down on giving second term of party president’s post to Nitin Gadkari last November. 

Since then Bhagwat is believed to have become so upset that he had stopped taking interest in the affairs of the BJP. The party in the past has been accused of being run through a remote control, pointing out to RSS hold over the BJP. 

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