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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Claims BJP Was Not in Politics For “Divide and Rule”

He said that it was a wrong perception that Ease of Doing Business helped only big companies.

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PM Modi said the BJP was not in politics for "divide and rule" or building vote banks.

Calling the opposition alliance “opportunist”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the parties coming together ahead of the Lok Sabha polls of practicing negative politics for their own existence and said the BJP was not in politics for “divide and rule” or building vote banks.

The Prime Minister’s attack come during his interaction with booth level BJP workers from Mayiladuthurai, Perambalur, Sivaganga, Theni and Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu through video conference.

“Unlike other parties, we are not in politics for divide and rule or building vote banks. We are here to serve the country in every possible way. The upcoming polls are very important for BJP and the country,” he said.

“On one hand, we have our development agenda and the vision of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ while on the other hand there are opportunist alliances and dynastic parties. They want to build their own empires while we want to empower the people,” he added.

Modi said that success of his government had upset the opposition leaders and that was the reason they were busy in negative politics.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“They are abusing Modi and the BJP but they should not underestimate the people. Our friends in opposition are anyway a confused lot. They leave no opportunity to say that Modi is bad, government is not working, people dislike the BJP, yet the first thing they do is form opportunist alliances with parties they disliked till recently and still do perhaps,” he said in a apparent jibe at the coming together of SP and BSP in Uttar Pradesh.

He asked if Modi was so bad and that his government was not working, why were they making alliances.

“Should you not be confidant of yourself? The truth is that they know this government is a working government. They know the poor, youth, women and farmers have a strong bonding with BJP. Just for their own existence, they are making short term alliance,” he said.

Expressing confidence that his party would do well in the Lok Sabha elections, he urged the workers to keep reaching out to different sections of society.

“We are not a coterie-based party but a cadre-based party. Make first time voters your priority.”

Taking a jibe at Congress, he said it was only in the BJP that a person born to a socially backward and economically poor family can think of reaching the top and needed no loyalty to “one family”.

“In the BJP, one only needs hard work. We do not need big wallets or loyalty to one family,” he said, adding that this made the BJP family different from the rest.

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To a question on potential of India’s MSME sector, he said: “When it comes to India’s growth story and the role of small industries, small is big. Small industries may seem small but their impact on employment and on bringing people out of poverty, is big.”

He said that it was a wrong perception that Ease of Doing Business helped only big companies. It also helped the MSME sector and small businesses. (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)