Even since the new BJP government took charge in Maharashtra, there have been reports speculating the role of so called BJP’s mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the power game. However, no leader either from BJP or Sangh has come forward to clarity over such speculative stories. But a recent report surfaced in a section of media prompted RSS to jump out in defence.
A top functionary of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday rubbished the concerned reports that suggested RSS would be taking classes of all Ministers of BJP Government in Maharashtra on good governance. “The reports in a section of media are totally speculative in nature and far away from the truth. Feeding of such reports maybe the handiwork of some sulking party leaders,” asserted the top functionary.
The report said that Suresh (Bhaiyyaji) Joshi, the second in command in top order of the RSS after the chief Mohan Bhagwat, will be giving a lesson or two to all Ministers of the BJP Government in Maharashtra on December 2 on good governance. The reports further suggested that the class will be held in Nagpur and the Ministers will be flying in especially for the lessons on December 2 just six days before the Winter Session that is scheduled to begin on December 8.
The reports further said, to facilitate the lecturing, a Cabinet meeting slated on the same day at Mumbai has been rescheduled. It is also likely that the Cabinet expansion to give the Fadnavis Government a respectable size, will also be completed before the meeting with Joshi. If Sena joins the Government before December 2, its ministers too are expected to attend Bhaiyyaji Joshi classes, said the reports.
“Though BJP seeks RSS advice on several issues of national importance but to suggest the organization will be imparting lessons to party Ministers of Maharashtra on good governance is just speculative and holds no water,” declared the top functionary and added that that the reports could be based on recent deliberations arranged in New Delhi between some Union Ministers and senior RSS leaders.
Justifying Joshi’s classes, a Minister from Vidarbha said that the first BJP Government in Maharashtra has kindled huge expectations among people. They want speedy development, rooting out of corruption, a clean and efficient, and transparent Government. Never in the past did people dream about these things or even expect such measures from any non-BJP government. Modi has ignited people’s imagination. In such a scenario, any good advice from any quarter would be welcome and timely, the reports said quoting the minister.
… Rajeev Kushwaha