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Gujarat civic polls: BJP wins, Congress improves, Hardik a non-factor

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It will be a do-or-die battle equally for Congress and BJP CM faces (Himachal Polls) (Anonymous Poll Photo)

Ahmedabad: Bhartiya Janata Party won all six municipal corporations in Gujarat civic body elections. Congress also had a satisfactory result winning 20 zila panchayats out of 31.

Hardik Patel proved a non-factor against all the expectations. BJP managed a win even in his homeward.

This election result was important for Anandi Patel. This was the first election after Modi era in the state where BJP dominated completely.

Gujarat had turned into BJP’s strong zone over the years but Patel agitation earlier this year had seemed to break into BJP’s power. This win will provide some relief to BJP.

Congress’ rise, especially in the rural area, is also an important event. Last time they managed to win just one zila panchayat whereas the number went up to 20 this year.

Gujarat has assembly polls in 2017 and a setback there will impact BJP and its chances of regaining power in the center in 2019. Both Congress and BJP have realized the importance of Gujarat as it is the state that made Modi, the Modi.

BJP after losing in Bihar would be happy to see the win again though they also must be sensing that it is only going to get tougher from here.

It is little too early to read into these result, but it will create the background for coming time.

Both parties celebrated and claimed to have won the battle. Which party gained more out of it, only time will tell.

(Inputs from agencies)

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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)