BENGALURU: Karnataka, which has managed the Covid-19 situation quite well, will play host to the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), the highest decision-making body of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in March. The meeting was earlier planned to be held in Nagpur, Maharasthra.
With the neigbouring state witnessing a high number of Covid-positive cases every day, there was apprehension that the government there could restrict number of people assembling in one place. Top RSS functionaries will now descend on Bengaluru for a two-day brainstorming session from March 19, which will be held at the Janaseva Vidya Kendra, Channenahalli, located on Magadi Road.
In 2020, the meeting was originally scheduled to be held in Bengaluru from March 15 to 17 and around 1,400 members were expected to attend. But it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, with the state witnessing a decline in Covid-19 cases, it was again chosen to host the annual event.
There is speculation that the election to the top executive post of RSS, the Sarkaryavah (General Secretary), will also take place during the two-day meeting. The election is conducted once in three years.
Only 500 delegates to attend RSS B’luru meet
Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi was elected Sarkaryavah in 2018 and the three-year term ends this year. The Sarkaryavah is the only elected post in the RSS. Normally, 1,400 representatives across the country elect or endorse the candidate for general secretary.
However, this year, due to pandemic, the number of delegates will be restricted to 500. The meeting will also discuss various social issues like education and health apart from organisational policies. Top functionaries including Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagat, Bhayyaji Joshi, Dattatreya Hosabale, Dr Manmohan Vaidya, Dr Krishna Gopal, Suresh Soni, C R Mukunda and others will take part.