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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The first high voltage RSS-BJP coordination committee meeting since the BJP-led NDA government came to power sheds light on the history of camaraderie shared by both these organizations. The recently convened meeting was first of its kind after Narendra Modi came to power.

Though the Sangh has always endorsed an apolitical stance; the same has been refuted many a times by governments at the centre.

For instance, the home ministry in the year 1966 had issued an official order that barred government appointees from participating in Sangh affairs. Though the order has been overhauled in some of the states, the tenets remain the same for majority of them.

VOLUNTEERS OF INDIA'S HARDLINE HINDU GROUP RASHTRIYA SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH (RSS) OR NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS ...Further, the Sangh has also been subjected to a string of banishments since 1947. For instance, the Sangh was banned after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1948-1949. It faced a similar fate during emergency and after the contentious Babri Masjid demolition.

In the year 1950, the Sangh took a political shape much against the intent of RSS chief Mohan Golwalkar who was dead against the organization’s donning a political fervour. Despite disputes, Bharatiya Jan Sangh came into existence with leaders like Deenadayal Upadhyaya, A B Vajpayee, Nanaji Deshmukh, L K Advani and others.

The new found party contested Lok Sabha elections for the first time in the year 1952. The culmination of BJP after the Janata Party failed to hold its ground at the centre in the year 1980 unravelled a new chapter in the political milieu. The relation between the Sangh and BJP wasn’t all hunky-dory during the initial years owing to the Gandhiwadi stance taken by the Vajpayee led-BJP.

Despite the continuance of personal level meetings between the important leaders of BJP and RSS during the NDA regime in the 1990s, RSS leaders weren’t pleased with the BJP leaders. This became more visible after the NDA lost the 2004 elections.

However, things have taken up a more consolidated shape after the Narendra Modi government helming affairs at the centre. There is a top level coordination committee of RSS and BJP leaders who deliberate on important issues concerning governance.

Krishna Gopal, Suresh Soni, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari are some of the important leaders of the aforesaid committee. Further, there are different groups of experts and pracharaks who meet important ministers in their attempt at shaping the policies of the government.

It is believed that many Union ministers await Sangh’s approval for appointments and decisions.

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Karnataka Polls: BJP On The Way to Win, Congress May Get Hard Defeat

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday.

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A state of 60 million people, Karnataka is home to the Information Technology hub of Benguluru and was ruled by the BJP once before.
Congress may have to taste defeat in Karnataka, VOA

The BJP was on Tuesday set to return to power in its southern bastion Karnataka as its candidates crossed the half-way mark in vote count, stunning and ousting the ruling Congress and leaving the JD-S at the third spot.

Noisy celebrations broke out in party offices in Bengaluru, New Delhi and across Karnataka as Bharatiya Janata Party nominees were on the victory lap in 118 of the 222 constituencies which voted on Saturday.

This was a dramatic jump from the 40 seats the BJP won five years ago.

The Congress, desperate to retain power in the state amid shrinking appeal nationally, suffered major blows and was ahead only in 62 seats, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah trailing in both the constituencies he contested: Badami and Chamundeshwari.

The Congress leader was way behind G.T Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal-Secular in Chamundeshwari, Election Commission officials said. And after leading initially, Siddaramaiah fell behind B.R. Sriramulu of the BJP in Badami.

In contrast, the BJP’s Chief Ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa was ahead of his Congress rival by more than 11,000 votes in Shikaripura.

Energy Minister and Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar said that the numbers indicated that his party was on the way out after five years in power.

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday.

The BJP was overjoyed. “We are in a jubilant mood because we have crossed the half-way mark. We are confident of winning,” spokesman S. Shantharam told IANS.

BJP activists and leaders celebrated noisily in both Bengaluru and New Delhi, waving party flags and shouting slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, their main vote-getter, and party President Amit Shah.

There were also celebrations outside the residence of Yeddyurappa, who has been Chief Minister earlier too.

Of the 2,654 candidates in the fray for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, at least 883 are crorepatis and 645 have criminal cases against them, said two watchdogs after analysing their affidavits filed with the Election Commission (EC).
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The Janata Dal-Secular of former Prime Minister H.D. Dewe Gowda, which has been expected to play the role of a kingmaker in the event of a hung Assembly, was leading in 40 seats — the same number it won five years ago.

As the vote count progressed, BJP leaders became assertive, saying they were confident of taking power again in Karnataka while Congress leaders began to speak about the possibility of an alliance with the JD-S.

BJP leader and Union Minister Sadanand Gowda said that there was no question of any alliance.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar, who is in charge of Karnataka, met BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi.

Analysts said the BJP was leading in Lingayat dominated seats and the JD-S in Vokkaliga dominated areas.

Expectations of a BJP victory in Karnataka lifted the key Indian equity indices during the mid-morning trade session on Tuesday.

Modi’s Performance: Survey Reports That Significant Number of People Rate Performance of Modi Government as Below Expectations

According to market observers, broadly subdued Asian indices and disappointing macro-economic inflation data points released on Monday capped some gains.

Sector-wise, healthy buying was witnessed in banking, capital goods, metals, consumer durables and automobile stocks.

The Sensex has so far touched a high of 35,993.53 points and a low of 35,498.83 points during the intra-day trade. (IANS)

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