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New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday accused the BJP-led government of lacking a roadmap in its engagement with Pakistan, saying people wish to know its policy concerning the neighbour.

Stating how ahead of the Lok Sabha election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said talks could not held amid bomb blasts and gunshots, Congress spokesperson R.P.N. Singh said there has been repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan ahead of the National Security Adviser-level talks between India and Pakistan.

Referring to the Pakistan High Commission inviting Kashmiri separatist leaders to meet Pakistan national security adviser Sartaz Aziz before he meets his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, the Congress leader said the government had earlier called off foreign secretary level talks on the issue.

“What will the government do now? People want to know what is the government’s policy,” Singh told IANS.

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R.P.N. Singh

The government had called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan in August last year after Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit met Kashmiri separatist leaders.

Taking a jibe at the BJP, Singh said differences even exist among the party members on the need to hold NSA-level talks at the present juncture.

Earlier in the day, Congress leader Anand Sharma accused the government of not having a roadmap on engagement with Pakistan.

Sharma also sought apology from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over his reported remarks that time had come for debate on what extent can an “indirectly elected” house could hold reform proposals passed by the “directly-elected” Lok Sabha. The government lacks majority in the Rajya Sabha.

(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)