New Delhi, Jan 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to rein in the enthusiastic promoters of Hindutva so that his government's image and its emphasis on economic reforms don't get affected. A report published in Anandabazaar Patrika said.
The RSS itself is also having a tough time to rein in motormouth leaders who are not associated with it, the report said. Bhagwat has reportedly asked leaders of the Sangh Parivar to maintain distance with those who make controversial remarks like "Hindu women should have four children". [BJP showcauses Sakshi Maharaj for 4-children remark]
Sources in the RSS have also said that people like Pravin Togadia and Sakshi Maharaj are not their members and that the RSS has not instructed them to carry out such campaign.
While Unnao's BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj caused his party a big embarrassment by remarking that "Hindu women should have four kids", Togadia has reiterated on Friday that the programme of conversion (Ghar Wapsi) will go on till the government bans it.
Togadia, who is known to be a critic of Modi, is reportedly trying to fuel more controversy around Sakshi Maharaj's remark, hence causing more worry for the prime minister.
The Congress has termed this to be a dual strategy of the BJP and thinks Modi's caution just to be a eyewash.
However, according to the ABP report, Modi is upset with the growing chorus on Hindutva while debate is on the BJP on whether the party did it right by demanding abolition of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution or calling the Kashmiri Pundits back ahead of the Jammu and Kashmir election held in November-December.
BJP's first PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee also had clashes with RSS during his term
The Modi government is desperate to pass the insurance and land ordinance bills in the parliament but the growing voice of the Hindutva elements is creating concern in its ranks even though it has a complete majority in the Lok Sabha.
May be, the single-party majority has made the Hindutva forces more excited to execute their ideology.