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BJP terms Shourie’s comments on Modi as personal views

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New Delhi:  BJP on Tuesday termed former union minister Arun Shourie’s criticism of the Narendra Modi government’s economic policies as his personal views, which had nothing to do with the party or public opinion.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party sources said that Shourie who was being cited as a “BJP leader” had, in fact, not renewed his party membership. Meanwhile, Shourie’s office informed that he did not wish to make any further comment on the issue.

Earlier Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said Shourie’s views were personal, not of the people or the ruling party.

“We are a democracy; he has his opinion, but the country’s opinion is different,” he said at a press conference here.

The central government had been doing well and people know about the challenges it had inherited, he added.

On Monday, in a sharp attack on the Modi government, Shourie said: “There was never a weaker Prime Minister’s Office than now.”

Dr Singh ko log yaad karne lag gaye hain (People have begun recalling the days of Manmohan Singh). One way to characterise policies of the government is ‘Congress plus a cow’. Policies are the same,” Shourie said at a book launch function.

A senior party leader, however, said that any comparison between the Manmohan Singh-led PMO and one led by Modi were specious. “People can see the difference. Bihar polls will set all doubts to rest,” said the leader.

(IANS)

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Now Keen to Develop Young Leaders

The first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi

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The RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders. Pixabay

With most senior leaders in the BJP having retired from active politics, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Later this month, the RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders.

According to a senior RSS functionary in Lucknow, the first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi, possibly on June 29 and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending it. Another camp is scheduled to be held in Lucknow.

“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, there seems to be a dearth of second rung leadership in the bhBJP. There is a need to develop leadership that will carry forward the work initiated by these two leaders.

“Rajnath Singh is a senior leader, but his age is 67. He would have crossed 70 by the time the next general elections are held in 2024. We have to identify and inculcate leadership qualities in the younger lot,” the functionary said.

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The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Pixabay

He further said that identifying young talent that could be groomed for greater responsibilities was a continuous process in the organisation and it never stopped.

“It is not a sudden decision but the RSS leadership always has a vision for the future and thinks ahead. We keep finding young people with leadership skills,” the functionary added.

Earlier this month, the RSS chief had underlined the need for checking misuse of power at a four-day camp that he addressed in Kanpur.

“Those getting elected in a democratic set-up have immense power, but this does not mean that it should be misused. If the government falters at any point of time, the Sangh will give it advice and suggestions with a positive point of view,” he had said.

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The RSS chief had also discussed the topics of nationalism, social equality and service in his interaction with over 600 volunteers. He also focused on qualitative development of the Sangh volunteers and apprised them of his views on dedication towards society.

The RSS leadership is also expected to come to Lucknow for a separate camp at the end of this month. In Lucknow, the RSS leaders will pay homage to senior journalist Rajnath Singh Surya, who passed away earlier this month. Surya was also a senior RSS functionary.

Officially, however, the RSS office bearers said that they had yet to receive any programme of Bhagwat and said that such camps were a ‘routine affair’. (IANS)