NEW DELHI: Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Friday assured the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh that his government would strive to take the benefits of development right up to the last person.
Modi — who expressed confidence that the last 15 months in power have shown that the government can deliver — participated in the three-day coordination meet between the BJP and RSS, which ended on Friday.
The Prime Minister addressed the gathering of Sangh cadre in the presence of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and BJP chief Amit Shah.
“The Modi government is in the right direction and has commitment. One cannot be 100 per cent satisfied, but the government is on the right track,” said RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale. He added that the meeting was not a review but an exchange of ideas between the Sangh cadre and the government and that it touched upon a host of issues primarily on internal security, including Naxalism, Kashmir, religious census, OROP and swadeshi model for economic development.
Sangh workers told the government that it should also look at the Indian economic model for development where not only the environment is saved but also ensures development. “There are three reasons leading to migration from villages — kamai, padhai aur diwai (job, studies and healthcare). Economic model should be such that rural life is improved,” said Hosabale.
Over 93 senior functionaries of the 15 RSS-affiliated bodies and over a dozen Cabinet ministers attended the sessions.
On the issue of building an Ayodhya Ram temple, Hosabale said the RSS would wait for the construction of the temple as per the government’s timetable as the issue was pending before the SC.
On the religious census data, Hosabale said, “This is a serious issue. A three-member panel has been formed to study it. It will be taken up in the next RSS meet in Ranchi (in October-November).”
'We Have Every Right To Ask Ministers'
With the Congress flaying the government for getting policy inputs from Sangh, and even violating the oath of secrecy by reporting to the RSS, the organisation said the previous Congress government had been remote controlled. “We have every right to ask ministers, who are also swayamsevaks,” said RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosable.