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By NewsGram Staff Writer

BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Friday cautioned his party leadership against an alliance between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, which, if finalized, could pose a challenge for the party in the next Bihar assembly polls.

“Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad are still popular and enjoy wide social support base. If the two leaders formally finalise their alliance (between Janata Dal-United and Rashtriya Janata Dal), it would not be an easy fight for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It would be a tough challenge for BJP in Bihar assembly polls,” said Bollywood actor-turned-politician Sinha.

Observing that the “party leaders should not treat our rivals as weak and outdated”, Sinha said BJP should chalk out a new strategy because it would be the first time when Nitish and Lalu have come together against the BJP.

He said BJP requires a captain, who could lead in the next Bihar assembly polls against main rival Nitish Kumar.

“There is a need of a captain for BJP ahead of the upcoming state assembly polls. BJP should project a leader against its main rival,” Sinha told media persons here.

He said the party’s rival was tried, tested and popular. “The party central parliamentary board and state leaders together should finalise the name of a captain to lead in the state polls.”

Sinha said the party should be led by such a leader whose image is clean, tested, and popular and who has mass-appeal that would help the party.

“I am not in the race for chief minister. But if the party wanted, I would be ready for any responsibility,” he said.

 

(With inputs from 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)