Amdist bitter infighting between various factions of the Gujarat BJP, an editorial in Sadhna' a Gujarati mouthpiece of the RSS attempted to dispel the perception that it has taken Chief Minister Narendra Modi's side by stating that the Sangh does not take any decision under political pressure.
The RSS said that the infighting is the internal matter of the party but Sangh in such a situation remains in touch with leaders and discusses with them what should be their role as a 'swayamsevak'.
The statements come at a time when there is a general perception that the powerful Hindu outfit has aligned with Modi and BJP is facing state elections later this year.
RSS publicity head of Gujarat Pradip Jain told that the article has been published in the weekly magazine of RSS 'Sadhna' as there were misconceptions regarding the Sangh and may be the publishers thought that views of the Sangh should come in front of the people.
The Sanjay Joshi feud, the issue of reliving pracharak Bhaskar Rao Damle, who is supporter of anti-Modi group leader within BJP Keshubhai Patel from its state executive and Modi's bid for prime ministerial post, have created an impression
that the RSS is supporting Modi.
In an interview published in 'Sadhna' a Gujarati mouthpiece of the RSS , Gujarat region head of the organisation Jayantibhai Bhadesia denied that removal of Damle or any other decision were taken under political or any other pressure from the state chief minister.
"RSS never takes any decision under political pressure. Throughout the years, RSS has continued to stick to its own system and well defined policies," Bhadesia said. Ahead of the forthcoming assembly election, it seems that instead of working unitedly the BJP is on the roads of fragmentation, as former chief minister Patel and other senior leaders have indicated that they will float their own political front to take on Modi in the state elections.
Expressing his view on the role of RSS when the infighting is at its peak, Bhadesia said, "It is the internal matter of BJP. RSS believes that everybody has to mind its own business. But RSS continues to keep in touch with its swayam sevaks and guide them appropriately."
Sources in the RSS said that joint general secretary of RSS, Suresh Soni had recently visited the state and met both Modi and Patel to broker peace between the two warring groups but the attempt has not fructified. The infighting between Modi and Keshubhai groups, has also divided the Sangh parivar in Gujarat down the line whenthe state is considered to be laboratory for RSS.
Bhadesia said it is baseless to say that RSS work in the state has been affeced due to infighting.
"It is totally baseless to say that the work has been affected due to infighting. In fact looking at the progress of RSS 'shakhas' in the state.. the work has increased by as much as 10 per cent," Bhadesia said.
Bhadesia also went on to say in the mouthpiece that a report recently published in one of the local dailies alleging that as RSS runs on money provided by Gujarat government and that is the reason that organisation is taking decision in favour of Modi, are far from truth.
"The allegations are far from truth. I reiterate that RSS work runs exclusively on the sums offered by its devoted swayamsevaks," Bhadesia said.
Regarding the relieving of three senior pracharaks from state including Damle, who has taken side of Patel, Bhadesia said, "RSS has its own system for aged senior pracharaks and they have not been sacked. For the sake of age and health,
this system has been introduced".