RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has pitched for a review of the reservation policy, contending that it has been used for political ends. He suggests setting up of an apolitical committee to examine who needs the facility and for how long. This was first carried by RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya, which routinely publishes news related to its parent organisation. Items are noticed by the public only if they are controversial. This piece of news, when it appeared, did not evoke a reaction from the RSS’ top office-bearers. But when the All India Prachar Pramukh, Manmohan Vaidya, reacted and spoke to the media about it, the fun began. This happened just before the Bihar elections. Vaidya, a full-time pracharak, knew the impact his speaking to the media would have. Why, then, did he do it? Before moving to Nagpur, Vaidya was the Gujarat Prant Pracharak when Narendra Modi was Chief Minister and they were at loggerheads. Since the RSS is the parent of the BJP, Vaidya had an edge. Besides, he was friends with another strong party leader, Sanjay Joshi, who also did not get along with Modi. So, in effect, Vaidya’s gesture had a fallout in Bihar. The RSS leadership worked to a certain end in Bihar while the top leadership of the Bihar BJP worked in a lacklustre way. Hard feelings die hard.
VOL. 9, ISSUE 9 | DEC, 2015