Is Atal Behari Vajpayee a closet RSS supporter? That, at
least, is the Opposition allegation. "He represents the covert side of the RSS; he
adopts the latent posture of the RSS, leaving the potent agenda to the others," says
Congress leader Kamal Nath. In fact, the combined Opposition's current attack on the prime
minister is predicated on this view, aimed at driving a wedge between the BJP and its
allies in the NDA. And there has been a history of what critics term Vajpayee's
"compromises" with the Sangh:
In the '70s, when forced to choose between the Janata regime
and his RSS membership, Vajpayee went with the Sangh.
Soon after the formation of the BJP in 1980, Vajpayee's
'Gandhian socialism' was dumped under pressure from the RSS.
At the BJP's Palampur plenary in 1989, resolutions were
passed accepting the Shiv Sena as an ally...
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Two Punjab Congress office-bearers also resigned from their posts following Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation from the post of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President on Tuesday.