BJP got a jolt, but will rise from ashes: RSS chief (Lead)

August 28th, 2009 - 8:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat Friday asserted that the Bharatiya Janata Party, its political wing, would survive its present crisis and “rise from the ashes”.
In a rare press conference, the RSS chief refused to speak openly about the infighting and the ongoing crisis in the BJP. He answered persistent queries of mediapersons on what role the RSS would play with - “it is not necessary every time that the role (of RSS in BJP affairs) is visible”.

“The talk that they (BJP) are going towards an abyss is not correct. They got a jolt in the elections and they should get over it; and we think that they will be able to do it,” Bhagwat said.

This is the first time that the RSS chief, known as the Sarsanghchalak, was addressing a press conference since the crisis erupted in the BJP following the release of Jaswant Singh’s book praising Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his expulsion from the party.

He said the BJP has a “countrywide network” which would help it survive its present turmoil. “It (the BJP) will rise from the ashes.”

However, Bhagwat did express his disappointment over the infighting in the party.

“Whatever is happening is not right, it should stop. Nobody finds it good,” he said.

When asked if the RSS would help the BJP get out of its present crisis, Bhagwat was very guarded in his response.

“The Sangh (RSS) has its own task (of uniting the society). If the party needs some help and advice we will give it. But what has to be done and what has not be done is the decision of the party.

“Sangh ke khush nakhush hone ka sawal nahi, ab jo kuch karna hai woh party karegi (There is no question of the RSS being happy or unhappy, now whatever has to be done, the BJP will do,” he replied to a question.

Refusing to divulge the details of his meetings with BJP president Rajnath Singh Thursday, Bhagwat said: “He met me after a long time and discussed a lot of things, including the present situation.”

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