See the leaders we have produced: RSS

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See the leaders we have produced: RSS

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BJP MPs at full strength in Sangh event

New Delhi, August 14:

The RSS heralded the dawn of a new era in Indian politics by ensuring the presence of almost all BJP MPs, barring Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, at a function to salute the Sangh’s saffron flag a day ahead of Independence Day.

Ostensibly organised to celebrate Raksha Bandhan, it was clearly a demonstration of the Sangh’s ideological supremacy over the ruling party as MPs were required to follow a dress code — white tunic and trouser outfit with black caps associated with the RSS uniform.

The white kurta-pyjama was a concession by way of departure from the RSS’ strict code of khakhi knickers, white shirt and black cap. The women MPs, including Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, were excused from any dress code although they were expected to don sarees to mark the occasion.

Besides the Speaker, most of the Cabinet Ministers too were in attendance, as were 25 of the office-bearers of Sangh-related organisations like the Bharatiya Majdur Sangh and the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad. To ensure that all the MPs are present, 52 group heads of MPs were given the responsibility of ensuring the attendance of 10-15 MPs each. The function was held at Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu’s residence at 30, Aurangzeb Road.

Making of Modi

It was presided over by the RSS’ second-in-command Suresh Joshi. Joshi tied a rakhi to the RSS’ saffron flag, which was unfurled on the occasion. He then spoke of the RSS’ contribution in providing “leaders with character” to the country.

Modi is a pracharak, a full-time RSS worker loaned to the BJP. “We have provided leaders with character to the country. This shows how the RSS has consistently worked to build a national character. We have faced several challenges and are continuing to do so in regions like the North-East, where we are restricted not just by the difficult geographical terrain but also the language,” Joshi reportedly told the gathering.

“In the South, we have come a long way from the time when, in Tamil Nadu for instance, people were scared to utter the word ‘Hindu’. In Kerala, our cadre has worked strenuously despite the murder and mayhem that we have faced over decades. Our organisation is strong,” he reportedly added.

At the end of the function, a hearty South India breakfast, complete with idli, dosa, vada, upma, etc, was served to the guests by host Venkaiah Naidu.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 15, 2014)

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