In the RSS, the Sarkaryavah or general secretary is head of the executive and second only to the Sarasanghchalak.
Next month, in March 2015 the Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the Sangh’s highest body for policy formulation and decision making is going to be held in Nagpur. It is anticipated that Dattatreya Hosabale will replace Bhaiyaji Joshi then. Hosabale is considered close to Modi and is much younger than the incumbent Joshi.
It was learnt from reliable sources within the RSS that Modi and Hosabale have shared a good equation since their days together in the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad ( ABVP) – the Sangh’s student wing. Hosabale is also tipped to one day become Sarasanghchalak too. He was one of the senior most RSS officials who was involved in volunteer and voter mobilization in the 2014 general elections when the ‘Modi wave’ swept the nation. He had totally put his weight behind Modii in that campaign. And pitched for him as Prime Minister.
When the Sabha meets in the second week of March they will also fill in other posts that will fall vacant. Hosabale’s post as joint general secretary once he is elevated and also the post of K.C. Kannan who was ‘relieved of his charge on his request’ last year.
These changes in the top echelons, coming soon after some other recent re shuffles, are at the behest of the PM it is learnt, who wants better ‘alignment’ and co-ordination between the RSS and the party, and government. This is the decade leading upto the centenary of RSS which will fall in 2025 for which Sangh has grand plans.
It is rather unusual for a General Secretary to step down to make way for a Jt. general secretary a position that Bhaiyaji has held for two terms. A Sarkaryavah is elected every three years by the sabha.