RSS denies intervening in BJP internal affairs

A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) publicly acknowledged Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) intervention in its internal matters, the Sangh tried to distance itself from the controversy.

 The party said calling L K Advani to offer him advice did not amount to managing the affairs of the BJP.

Advani had withdrawn his resignation from three party posts after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat called him on Tuesday. Bhagwat asked Advani to go back on his decision and continue to guide the party, BJP president Rajnath Singh told mediapersons at Advani’s residence .

Advani had felt isolated and insulted at Modi’s elevation as the BJP election campaign committee head. Officially, Advani said he was unhappy over leaders pursuing personal agenda at the cost of the party.

RSS leader Ram Madhav said: “When a senior person of the stature of L K Advani needs some advice, some senior people in the country and society will give him advice. Not just RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, but many others also advised him to reconsider his decision. Do you mean to say that everybody who was giving advice to Advani was interfering in the affairs of the BJP? The RSS does not and shall never do any micro-management of the affairs of the BJP.”

The RSS has a decisive say in crucial matters of the BJP, but it is never acknowledged by the party publicly.

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