statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 12 JUNE: A day after the senior BJP leader, Mr L K Advani, withdrew his resignation from three party posts following the RSS chief’s call to him, the Sangh fountainhead today said it is not interfering or managing the affairs of the BJP.
“When a senior person of the stature of L K Advani needed to be given some advice, naturally, some senior people in the country and society will give him advice. Not just RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat but also many others had advised him to reconsider his decision,” the RSS spokesman, Mr Ram Madhav, said here. Ironically, in 2005, announcing his resignation as BJP president, Mr Advani had advised the RSS not to interfere in the day-to-day functioning of the BJP.
Mr Advani, who had quit key party posts on 10 June in the wake of the Mr Narendra Modi’s elevation as head of the BJP Election Campaign Committee, withdrew his resignation yesterday after Mr Bhagwat persuaded him to do so.
The BJP and the RSS have reportedly assured Mr Advani that he will be ‘consulted’ on all big decisions of the party.
The BJP president, Mr Rajnath Singh, said yesterday that Mr Advani changed his decision after Mr Bhagwat convinced him that the concerns raised by him in his resignation letter will be looked into.
Insisting that Mr Bhagwat and others merely gave suggestions to Mr Advani, Mr Madhav said, “Do you mean to say that everybody who was giving advice to Advani was interfering in affairs of BJP? RSS does not and shall never do any micro-management of the affairs of BJP.”
In 2005 at the Chennai meet of the BJP’s national executive, Mr Advani had criticised the RSS for interfering in party affairs and had counseled the organisation to ‘stick’ to its role of ‘man-making’ (character building among swayamsevaks) and leave the business of politics to the BJP.
Mr Advani had stated that “both the RSS and the BJP must consciously exert (themselves) to dispel” the impression that RSS was running the BJP affairs.