First the statement, then the distance, the Sangh's message to BJP… Why did the RSS change its stance after the election results?

Ananya Shroff
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First the statement, then the distance, the Sangh's message to BJP… Why did the RSS change its stance after the election results?

New Delhi: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party at the centre, which entered the Lok Sabha elections raising the slogan of '400 Paar', did not get the expected results. However, the BJP-led NDA alliance was successful in forming the government again. Narendra Modi scored a hat-trick and took oath as the Prime Minister for the third consecutive time. Meanwhile, some such statements came from the RSS, which raised the question whether everything is fine between the Sangh and the BJP? This discussion started because RSS leader Indresh Kumar targeted the BJP without naming it. He said that the party that worships Lord Ram has become arrogant, that is why it was reduced to 241. The arrogance of the BJP was shattered in this election. As soon as this comment came, speculations of differences between the BJP and the RSS intensified in the political corridors. Earlier, the Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Mohan Bhagwat, had also made some such comments, which indicated that he too was somewhat upset with the performance of the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. Not only this, the discussion of differences between the BJP and the RSS has now become a matter of national debate.

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Questions raised by the statement of Sangh chief Bhagwat

First of all, let us tell you what RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had said. While analysing the results of the Lok Sabha elections, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had commented in Nagpur recently. He had said that only the one who works with respect, is proud but not arrogant, is truly entitled to be called a servant. During this, he also advised the ruling BJP government on many issues. He also mentioned the Manipur violence and said that it is our duty to stop this violence now. In this statement of the RSS chief, somewhere the target was on Prime Minister Modi because he had presented himself as Pradhan Sevak on many occasions. Immediately after the election results, Mohan Bhagwat's comments had intensified the political stir. After this, RSS mouthpiece Organiser also criticized the BJP leadership.

Then comment on election results in Sangh's mouthpiece

Organiser wrote that the results of the Lok Sabha elections show the mirror to the overconfident leaders and workers of the BJP. Everyone was confused and no one listened to the voice of the public. RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya also published an article on the performance of the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, titled Lok Sabha Elections 2024: There are lessons as well as success. In this too, questions were raised on the performance of the BJP. During this time, a statement came from RSS leader Indresh Kumar, which put the ongoing tension between the BJP and the Sangh in front of everyone.

Indresh Kumar's comment made everything clear!

Indresh Kumar said, 'These people had worshipped Lord Ram, but gradually they became arrogant. Today Lord Ram has destroyed their arrogance. These people could not give commendable results in this election. Perhaps now they must have realized the power of democracy. Although, it was the grace of Lord Ram that BJP could become the largest party in the country, but despite this, these people could not understand the grace of Lord Ram. Perhaps that is why the power that BJP should have got in this election, was stopped by Lord Ram due to arrogance.'

God's justice is not strange – Indresh Kumar

The RSS leader said, 'It is surprising that the opponents of Lord Ram were able to perform well in this election. Of course they could not come at number one, but they succeeded in strengthening their position at number two with better performance. So we all should understand one thing that God's justice is not strange, but a great truth. God's Leela is infinite, which the human mind cannot understand. The party that worships Lord Ram may have got 241 seats, but it was successful in forming the government and those who did not worship, were successful in doing well, but missed out on forming the government. Those who did not have faith in Ram ji in their hearts, stopped at 234 only. Lord ji said that this is your reward, so I say that whoever worships Ram, should do it without any ego and those who do not do it, God himself will do good to them.'

'Lord Ram does not discriminate… He gives justice to all'

Indresh Kumar further said, 'Lord Ram does not discriminate. He rewards everyone based on their intentions. Ram ji does not punish anyone nor does he give anyone a chance to lament. Ram ji gives justice to everyone, used to give and will continue to do so. Ram ji has always loved justice. Let us tell you that Lord Ram performed the Ashwamedha Yagya after ruling for 100 years. This yagya was performed so that no one remains sick, no one remains uneducated, no one remains unemployed. That is why God used to perform Ashwamedha Yagya after ruling for 100 years, so that peace remains in the entire kingdom. Due to this yagya, Lord Ram was able to rule for 11 thousand years. Till date no one in the world has been able to rule for so many years.'

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When there was a ruckus over the statement, the Sangh leader gave clarification

As soon as Indresh Kumar gave this statement, speculations started in the political corridors that everything is not well between BJP and RSS. However, Sangh sources have denied any such thing. RSS also distanced itself from the statement of Indresh Kumar, in which he targeted BJP over the electoral performance. On Friday, an RSS official said that this is his personal opinion and it does not reflect the views of the organization. On the other hand, amid the uproar over his statement, Indresh Kumar also clarified on Friday. He said that he is happy with the performance of BJP in the Lok Sabha elections and Modi becoming the Prime Minister for the third consecutive time. The latest news at this time is that those who were against Lord Ram are out of power and those who were devotees of Lord Ram are in power. He said that the country will progress under the leadership of PM Modi.

RSS distanced itself from Indresh Kumar's statement

When asked about the ongoing debate on Bhagwat's speech, Indresh Kumar said that it would be better if you ask the authorized officials of the Sangh about this. On the other hand, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh also dismissed the reports of its differences with the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday and called it an attempt to create confusion. Sangh sources also refused to believe that the critical comments of Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat regarding the Lok Sabha election results were targeted at the ruling party. Sources also said that the three-day annual coordination meeting of RSS and its allied organizations including BJP will begin from August 31 in Palakkad district of Kerala. Senior party leaders including the BJP president are expected to attend the meeting.

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There is no difference of opinion between RSS and BJP: Sangh

RSS sources further said that there is no rift between the RSS and the BJP. The statement by the Sangh is also significant as a section of people, including opposition leaders, claim that Bhagwat's remarks in Nagpur are a message to the top leadership of the BJP after the party did not perform as expected in the Lok Sabha elections, in which he said that 'a true servant is never arrogant'. Sources said that 'there is not much difference between the speeches given by Bhagwat after the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections and this time's speech. It is natural to have a reference to an important event like a national election in any address.' They said, 'But it was misinterpreted and taken out of context to create confusion. His 'arrogance' comment was never against Prime Minister Narendra Modi or any BJP leader.'

The changed stance of the Sangh has sparked discussions in the political corridors

Although the RSS has clarified the statements of Bhagwat and Indresh Kumar, the opposition leaders have used their comments as a weapon. Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh had said that even if the conscience of 'one third' Prime Minister or the repeated calls of the people of Manipur cannot melt him, Bhagwat may persuade the former RSS functionary to visit Manipur. At present, the RSS has denied the reports of differences with the BJP, but the way the Sangh has hardened its stand after the election results has definitely started a new discussion in the political corridors.

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