RSS-BJP coordination meeting has begun in Delhi. Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Mohan Bhagwat, Pravin Togadia among others are attending the meet.
RSS, the ideological mentor of the BJP, is holding the meet to review the performance of 15-month old Modi government.
While the RSS downplayed the significance of this meeting saying such reviews were routine, Sangh affiliates were reported to be concerned about a host of issues including the party-government disconnect.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his 12 cabinet ministers and BJP leader Amit Shah are likely to attend the coordination meet to be headed by RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat.
Sources told that RSS has prepared a dossier for course correction in the government policies ahead of the crucial Bihar polls.
“The RSS doesn’t want Bihar to be Delhi and 2019 not to be 2004, when India was shining, but an election was lost,” a senior BJP leader quoted as saying.
RSS affiliates are concerned about the rising disconnect between the party and the government over policy making specially the approach between the reformist and the nationalist within the government.
The Sangh wants the government to pursue policies like Jan Dhan, housing etc for all.
Sangh affiliates like the Swadeshi Jagran Manch are against genetically modified crops, FDI, strategic sales of government assets to raise money and opening Indian banks to FDI – many of these plans are expected to be among the government’s long-term goals.
The Swadeshi Jagran Manch had protested against the NDA’s land bill amendments. Sources said the Sangh feels the government has earned an anti-farmer tag due to the bill and should avoid such steps in future.
Both OROP and Patel agitation in Gujarat are likely to crop up for discussion in the coordination meet.