Why RSS hesitates to support Narendra Modi

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Mohan Bhagwat
New Delhi, Feb 8: Within 24 hours of the reports on its support to Narendra Modi as BJP PM candidate, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat seems to have backtracked from his previous statement. The party sources informed that the final decision on prime ministerial candidate will be taken by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Bhagwat earlier on Thursday, Feb 7 hinted that RSS would back Gujarat Chief Minister for the debatable post for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections which are scheduled to be held in 2014.

Speaking at "dharma sansad" organised by another Hindu organisation Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bhagwat hinted why the party has been avoiding queries regarding Modi's candidature. Bhagwat claimed that BJP will be responsible for the consequences of its decision during the General elections.

Expressing about opinion about Gujarat CM, Bhagwat said, "People know what is in your heart. The whole country is echoing with the same voice. And that is why we should not interfere in what should be done."

"They (BJP) will have to take a decision on what is to be done..... Whatever we may say, those who should do it, it is their right. We should allow them to do it. If what they do comes out wrong, then we should let them eat the fruits as well," added Bhagwat.

Bhagwat was speaking after some sants spoke out in favour of BJP announcing Modi as its prime ministerial candidate in the last elections.

At the same time, BJP chief Rajnath Singh, in Chennai, parried questions on the issue, maintaining that the BJP Parliamentary Board will decide the issue at an appropriate time.

Earlier, when asked by reporters what he thought of Modi, Bhagwat said, "He is my friend".

A section of BJP leaders have demanded that Modi be declared as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate. VHP leader Giriraj Kishore also joined the Modi-for PM chorus saying like Gujarat the whole country can benefit from his leadership as there has been tremendous development in the state under his rule.

The meeting on Thursday saw some people in the audience raising slogans in support of Modi as religious leaders gave their speeches. Bhagwat and VHP leaders Ashok Singhal and Parveen Togadia tried to pacify them with the RSS chief saying that the Sangh Parivar was "well aware of the people's wishes".

Togadia and Singhal requested that the 'dharma sansad' be allowed to remain focused on its agenda.

Raising the Ayodhya issue in his address, Bhagwat said that the RSS was fully committed to construction of Ram Temple at Ramjanmbhoomi.

"It is the obligation of Parliament to remove hurdles in the way of construction of Ram temple. Either Parliament should honour the wishes of the people or the people should elect a Parliament that is sensitive to the issue," the RSS chief said.

OneIndia News
(With PTI inputs)

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