RSS is not field force of BJP, says Sangh ideologue

Amid speculations that the Sangh did not work for BJP this time, RSS ideologue and columnist Ratan Sharda said, RSS is not a field force of BJP.
Ratan Sharda
Ratan Sharda

NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha poll results are a “reality check for overconfident” BJP leaders and workers, said RSS ideologue and columnist Ratan Sharda.

“They did not realise that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji’s call of 400+ was a target for them and a dare to Opposition,” Sharda said in an article published in the latest edition of RSS-affiliated magazine Organiser.

“Targets are achieved by hard work on the field, not sharing posters and selfies on social media. Since they (BJP leaders and workers) were happy in their bubble, enjoying the glow reflected from Modiji’s aura, they were not listening to the voices on the streets,” he wrote.

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Sharda suggested that neglect of older dedicated workers by the “new-age social media-aided selfie powered activists” had a negative impact for the BJP. He said, “If BJP volunteers don’t reach out to RSS, they have to answer why they thought it was not required”.

Amid speculations that the Sangh did not work for BJP this time, he said, “Let me say bluntly, RSS is not a field force of BJP. In fact, BJP, the biggest party in the world, has its own karyakartas and routine electoral work of reaching out to voters, explaining party agenda, distributing literature and voters’ cards etc. are its responsibility. RSS has been raising awareness among the people about issues that impact them and the nation.”

The author also criticised BJP MPs and ministers for having become unapproachable. “The biggest grouse of any BJP or RSS worker and common citizen for years has been difficulty or even impossibility of meeting the local MP or MLA, forget ministers. Insensitivity to their problems is another dimension. Why are BJP elected MPs and ministers always ‘busy’? Why are they never visible in their constituencies? Why is it so difficult to respond to messages?” Sharda said.

In the article, the writer also termed the idea that Modi was fighting on all 543 seats as a limited value. Sounding critical of this idea, he wrote, “This idea became self-defeating when candidates were changed, imposed at the cost of local leaders and defectors given more importance. Sacrificing even well-performing parliamentarian to accommodate late comers hurt”.

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