Our relationship with the RSS is like son going to mother: Venkaiah Naidu on BJP-RSS meet


Bhartiya Janata Party has defended its ministers to be ‘appraised’ by the members of its ideological mentor, RSS, at a recently concluded three-day meet in Delhi.

Senior BJP leader and a a cabinet minister in Narendra Modi’s government, Venkaiah Naidu said that the RSS wasn’t an extra-constitutional body.

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In the just-concluded closed door meeting with the RSS, senior cabinet ministers were reportedly asked to make presentation on the performance of the ministries they were responsible for.

For example, according to media reports, the Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani made presentation on the formulation of new education policy. She is believed to have once again sought the RSS’ input on the new education policy. Among other things, the RSS wants Irani to promote Sanskrit and other Indian languages in school and include Vedic Math and ancient science in syllabus and allocate six percent of India’s GDP for education.

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RSS has, however, denied the charges that it was reviewing or appraising the ministers’ performances.

Speaking to reporters in the capital, the organisation’s joint secretary, Dattatreya Hosabale, said on Friday “We are not reviewing nor are we giving any message to the government. We are only sharing inputs. Only 14 months have passed. There is more time and a lot more is to be done.”