Rajasthan Polls: RSS to back BJP to fight anti-incumbency in the state

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Ending its long rift with the Bhartiya Janta Party Rajasthan Unit, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has deployed its volunteers in the poll-bound state that will help the Raje Government to fight anti-incumbency and would help the party to retain its power in the largest state of the country.

The decision was taken after the long meeting between the RSS top leaders and BJP Functionaries.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje don’t share a good equation with the Sangh. Many Sangh outfits in the state like the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh criticized her policies. The rift was visible ahead of the RSS’s yearly gathering in Rajasthan’s Nagaur in 2015 when the RSS cadre complained that the CM Raje did little to extend logistical support, RSS and BJP functionaries said on condition of anonymity.

Between the forecast from polls showing the BJP will face a tough challenge in the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly Elections, Sangh decided to deploy its volunteers on the ground so that Party could fight the anti-incumbency, said a senior BJP functionary. Though the RSS asserts that it stays away from electoral politics, the BJP relies on its cadre for reaching out to voters.

A BJP State Functionary who was a part of all high level meetings told on the condition of anonymity that the first step towards the move was taken during RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat visit to the state in September, which was preceded by rounds of meetings between BJP President Amit Shah and RSS General Secretary Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi where the final shape was given to the call and was decided that Sangh suggestions will be taken on board.

In areas with larger minority vote-share, such as Alwar, Ajmer, and Dausa, the RSS has suggested to rope popular speakers such as Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanah.

Sangh cadre will mobilize the masses with issues like – continuation of PM Narendra Modi’s development agenda and the issues underlying the Hindutva sentiment, which includes the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya and cow protection.

The presence of old Sangh hands, like national joint general secretary V Satish and Prakash Chandra, who was removed as Sangathan Mantri in 2009 following differences with Raje, has helped improve coordination between the Sangh and the BJP.

Union Minister Prakash Javdekar, who is also BJP’s in-charge in the state, shares a good bond with the RSS, his involvement is crucial as his presence has smoothened ties with the parent Organization, RSS.

The poll-bound state will go for polling on December 7, the counting will take place on December 11 along with other states assembly elections.

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