September 03, 2015

India: Modi Govt Ministers join meetings with BJP, Sangh and its affiliate organisations - RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat is presides


Sarkar, Parivar exchange notes: On Day 1, Ministers join meetings with BJP, Sangh and its affiliate organisations
RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat is presiding over the proceedings.
By: Express News Service
New Delhi
Updated: Sep 3, 2015

RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat is presiding over the proceedings.

Union ministers and BJP leaders, including party president Amit Shah, joined a three-day meeting of the RSS and 15 affiliate organisations Wednesday as the Sangh Parivar sat down to discuss economic, social issues and challenges before the government at the Centre.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to attend the “coordination meeting” which has on the table issues such as the findings of the religion census, the row over the land bill, the Patidar quota agitation in Gujarat, education policy, labour reforms and the one rank-one pension demand.

Other than Shah, those who attended the meeting Wednesday included Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar and Health Minister J P Nadda.
The entire BJP parliamentary board, minus the Prime Minister and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, attending the meeting.

For economic issues, Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Kalraj Mishra, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radhamohan Singh and MoS (independent charge) Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman too were called.

More ministers are likely to join the conclave over the next two days.

The opening day was spent debating economic issues. To answer queries and doubts of delegates of the RSS and its 15 affiliates, central ministers and Shah were present.

While the RSS called the meeting “routine” saying it happens twice a year — once in January and again in September — this year it has gained importance, sources said, because the Modi government has completed a year in office and the Sangh and its affiliates feel there is need for more “coordination”.

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At one of the sessions attended by RSS leaders Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Krishna Gopal, Datta Hosabale and BJP leaders Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley, one of the RSS leaders suggested that the government should make a concrete announcement on OROP and if there is difficulty on any particular point, a forum should be asked to find a way out.

Sources said issues related to organisations like the Bhartiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) were also discussed. While the BKS has criticised the land bill prepared by the government, the SJM has been leading the chorus against FDI in retail.