RSS Tells BJP to be Cautious While Promoting Non Sangh Members

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RSS Tells BJP to be Cautious While Promoting Non Sangh Members
The bitter experience of some "lateral entrants" -- those without a Sangh background -- publicly airing their views on BJP's internal problems after the Lok Sabha poll debacle has led RSS to ask BJP to exercise caution before promoting them in the party hierarchy.

"During the three day brainstorming between RSS and BJP top brass, it was felt that some 'lateral entrants' to the party who were given power, privilege and office changed their views overnight and said they had fundamental differences with the party," a senior BJP MP said.

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat is understood to have told BJP top brass "to learn" from such experiences and "be cautious" while promoting those party leaders who did not have a Sangh background.

Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh and political aide to senior leader L K Advani, Sudheendhra Kulkarni are two examples of lateral entrants who turned critical of the party.

While BJP is vocal about their criticism, it is silent about two other party leaders -- Arun Shourie and Yashwant Singh -- who have also vent their ire publicly but are within the party fold.

"BJP has a certain work culture, ideology and a way of life influenced by the RSS. The lateral entrants do not have that emotional attachment to the RSS. After enjoying a host of benefits and power, they become critical of the party. This patent hypocrisy has deeply pained and angered the cadre," the senior MP said.

Even those accused of writing letters critical of some senior leaders of the party were also from non-RSS background. These letters later surreptitiously found their way to the media, causing embarrassment to the party, the MP said.

"Our ordinary workers, who fight for the party, is going through a sense of agony. Several of them have phoned the central leaders and expressed their anger. The party discussed this benign assertion of the local level workers," another party leader said.

Bhagwat seemed to echo these sentiments in his last press conference when he mentioned a case where a BJP supporter met him with tears in his eyes in a village near Lucknow and asked him to do something to revive the party.

"Instead of the lateral entrants, our cadre which has an emotional attachment to RSS, should be encouraged. They can also write, read and analyse in English and some can even write 250-300 page books," an MP said.

The BJP-RSS ties are also likely to be more visible now than in the past.

"We are proud of our relations with RSS. Even during Janata Party days, Morarji Desai had asked us to sever our ties with RSS saying this showed dual membership but we refused," the BJP MP said.

The leader said even in 1984 when BJP won only two seats, there were several people who told the party leaders to "shut shop" but they did not.
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