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RSS-BJP coalition: Then and now

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The first high voltage RSS-BJP coordination committee meeting since the BJP-led NDA government came to power sheds light on the history of camaraderie shared by both these organizations. The recently convened meeting was first of its kind after Narendra Modi came to power.

Though the Sangh has always endorsed an apolitical stance; the same has been refuted many a times by governments at the centre.

For instance, the home ministry in the year 1966 had issued an official order that barred government appointees from participating in Sangh affairs. Though the order has been overhauled in some of the states, the tenets remain the same for majority of them.

VOLUNTEERS OF INDIA'S HARDLINE HINDU GROUP RASHTRIYA SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH (RSS) OR NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS ...Further, the Sangh has also been subjected to a string of banishments since 1947. For instance, the Sangh was banned after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1948-1949. It faced a similar fate during emergency and after the contentious Babri Masjid demolition.

In the year 1950, the Sangh took a political shape much against the intent of RSS chief Mohan Golwalkar who was dead against the organization’s donning a political fervour. Despite disputes, Bharatiya Jan Sangh came into existence with leaders like Deenadayal Upadhyaya, A B Vajpayee, Nanaji Deshmukh, L K Advani and others.

The new found party contested Lok Sabha elections for the first time in the year 1952. The culmination of BJP after the Janata Party failed to hold its ground at the centre in the year 1980 unravelled a new chapter in the political milieu. The relation between the Sangh and BJP wasn’t all hunky-dory during the initial years owing to the Gandhiwadi stance taken by the Vajpayee led-BJP.

Despite the continuance of personal level meetings between the important leaders of BJP and RSS during the NDA regime in the 1990s, RSS leaders weren’t pleased with the BJP leaders. This became more visible after the NDA lost the 2004 elections.

However, things have taken up a more consolidated shape after the Narendra Modi government helming affairs at the centre. There is a top level coordination committee of RSS and BJP leaders who deliberate on important issues concerning governance.

Krishna Gopal, Suresh Soni, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari are some of the important leaders of the aforesaid committee. Further, there are different groups of experts and pracharaks who meet important ministers in their attempt at shaping the policies of the government.

It is believed that many Union ministers await Sangh’s approval for appointments and decisions.

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People Have Faith in Modi Government to Handle COVID-19 Crisis

Over 83% trust Modi govt will handle COVID-19 crisis well

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The Narendra Modi-led central government is leaving no stone unturned in fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

As the Narendra Modi-led central government is leaving no stone unturned in fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, 83.5 per cent people from various states “trust in government” in handling the crisis.

The findings came out in the IANS-CVoter exclusive tracker on COVID-19 Wave 2 survey conducted during last seven days among 18 plus adults nationwide. The findings and projections are based on Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI).

Replying to a question “I think Indian government is handling the coronavirus well”, 83.5 per cent people agreed that they trust in government’s steps being taken in fight against the deadly disease, and 9.4 per cent expressed their disagreement. The survey was conducted on March 26 and 27. Of the 83.5 per cent who showed their trust in government, 66.4 per cent strongly agree with the opinion and 17.1 agree with the view.

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A similar survey on the same question done on March 17 and 18 showed that 83.6 per cent people expressed their trust in government in fight against the pandemic which so far has claimed 29 lives and over 1,000 conformed cases. A total of 13.7 per cent people expressed their disagreement.

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83.5 per cent people from various states trust the Modi government in handling the COVID-19 crisis. Wikimedia Commons

As per the tracker, the data is weighted to the known demographic profile of the states. Sometimes the table figures do not sum to 100 due to the effects of rounding, it says. “Our final data file has socio-economic profile within plus 1 per cent of the demographic profile of the state. We believe this will give the closest possible trends.”

The Tracking Pol fieldwork covers random probability samples during the last seven days from the release date and that the sample spread is across all assembly segments across all states. This survey covers all states in India and was conducted in 10 languages as part of our routine OmniBus, it says.

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“This is a thorough random probability sample; and we are ensuring a proper representative analysis by statistical weighing of the data to make it representative of the local population as per the latest census and or other available demographic benchmarks.”

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The data clarified that it strictly follows the WAPOR code of conduct (World Association of Public Opinion Research) for our ethical and transparent scientific practices and have incorporated the PCI (Press Council of India ) guidelines as our SOP (Standard Operating Procedures). (IANS)