Rare bonhomie between opposition and RSS emerges amid rumors of breakup in ties between Sangh and BJP

Rare bonhomie between opposition and RSS emerges amid rumors of breakup in ties between Sangh and BJP

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to resolve the conflict in Manipur on priority.

The Indian opposition on Tuesday (June 11) extended rare support to the ideological mentor of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), over a statement issued by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on the conflict. of Manipur.

Bhagwat’s advice to PM Modi

Bhagwat had on Monday advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to resolve the conflict in Manipur as a priority.

“It has been a year since Manipur was waiting for peace. The state remained peaceful for the last 10 years, but suddenly, the gun culture has risen again. It is important to resolve the conflict as a priority,” he said during a Sangh event. .

He also warned the government that it was necessary to “move beyond electoral rhetoric and focus on the problems facing the nation.”

Indian opposition welcomes RSS chief’s statements

The Indian opposition welcomed his statement on Tuesday, with the Congress Party saying it hoped Mohan Bhagwat’s words would “prevail” over Prime Minister Modi.

See: Violence in Manipur displaces at least 2,000 people; Special commandos deployed in Lakhipur of Assam.

“If it is not a third of the conscience of the Prime Minister or the repeated demands of the people of Manipur, perhaps Mr. Bhagwat can convince the former RSS functionary to go to Manipur. Remember what Mr. Vajpayee had told Mr. Modi 22 years ago. Back: fulfill your rajdharma,” Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said.

Another senior Congress leader, Kapil Sibal, joked that it was “not in Modi’s DNA” to listen to anyone, but he should heed Bhagwat’s words.

“We expressed our concern for Manipur, Bhagwat ji has also said it now. You don’t listen to us because you are not used to listening to us, but listen to him. It is not in your DNA to listen to us. Manipur should “I had called for the removal of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, but the former head of the wrestling body could not be removed. What will you do with the Chief Minister? Sibal said.

Modi’s silence on Manipur

Clashes between the Meitei and Kuki communities broke out in Manipur in May last year, claiming more than 180 lives so far. Even today, sporadic incidents of violence continue to arise in the state. Prime Minister Modi avoided the issue during his months of election campaigning and did not even travel to the state.

RSS-BJP ties face setback

The speculation market is red hot with rumors of quiet tensions between RSS and BJP, the supposed allies. A week after the BJP fell short of a majority in the June 4 Lok Sabha results, Bhagwat suggested that the real ‘sevak’ should not be “arrogant”. He also warned that the opposition should not be treated as an adversary and that elections are not a war.

Earlier, BJP chief JP Nadda fueled these speculations by stating that the ruling party did not need the RSS to win the elections.

(With contributions from agencies)

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Vikrant Singh

Geopolitical writer for WION, follows Indian foreign policy and world politics, a seeker of truth.

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