All eyes on potential Modi, Bhagwat meet

All eyes on potential Modi, Bhagwat meet

Speculations are rife over a possible meeting between prime minister Narendra Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat both of whom would be in Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of the former, on Monday on separate visits— a first since Modi assumed office in 2014.

Though there has not been any official word on their meeting, sources in the Uttar Pradesh BJP in Lucknow didn't rule out a possibility.

''We have no information about their meeting... Both leaders will be in the town on the same day... They can meet if they want,'' remarked a senior state BJP leader while speaking to DH in Lucknow.

Incidentally Modi, who would be dedicating several projects to the people of his constituency, will also be addressing a public meeting at Wajidpur near the city on Monday and around the same time Bhagwat will be discussing issues confronting the nation with Sangh workers at Koirajpur.

The two venues are barely a few kilometre apart.

Sources said that the issue of Ram Temple would come up for discussion at the three-day RSS meet beginning from Sunday.

The presence of the two leaders in Varanasi on the same day assumes significance in the wake of Bhagwat's demand for enactment of a law to construct the Ram Temple at Ayodhya.

Though Modi has not commented on the remarks so far, the BJP leaders and Union ministers as well as saffron outfits have been vocal on the issue.

Senior BJP office bearers would also be present in Varanasi during the visits of the two leaders. Sources said that several BJP leaders, including a few Union ministers, were likely to meet Bhagwat during the latter's stay in Varanasi.

The seer community, which recently held a meeting in Delhi, where the temple issue was discussed, has also been putting pressure on the BJP to bring in a bill in the forthcoming winter session of the Parliament to construct the Ram Temple, a demand vehemently opposed by the Muslim clerics and Opposition parties.

A section of the seers have warned the BJP that the saffron party will have to face the wrath of the Hindus if it does not fulfill its promise to build the Ram Temple.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also said that the government will ''explore'' all options within the ''constitutional limits'' on the issue of the construction of the Ram Temple.