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Wary of backlash, RSS connects with state BJP

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19

Alarmed at the backlash over the farm laws, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) — the parent body of the Sangh Parivar that includes the BJP — is taking feedback from the state BJP leadership over the gravity of protests.

Takes feedback from Sikh leaders

  • Malwinder Kang, who quit BJP recently, attended an RSS meeting and gave feedback against farm laws
  • The RSS leadership is also gathering feedback from its own cadre separately, say sources
  • This may help the RSS decide BJP's future course of action on the laws, says a senior BJP leader

Sources said top RSS functionaries, including Manmohan Vaidya, visited Chandigarh last week and held meetings with state BJP leaders, especially Sikh functionaries.

The feedback might help the RSS decide BJP's future course of action on the laws, said a senior BJP leader. It is not usual for senior RSS functionaries to visit the state for such an exercise.

Sources said Malwinder Kang, who quit the BJP on Saturday, had attended one such meeting and given feedback against the farm laws.

Kang, who was Punjab BJP's general secretary, confirmed that he attended the meeting, but refused to share details. "I raised my voice at various platforms, including meeting with the RSS functionaries, before resigning from the party," he said.

Sources said the RSS leadership was gathering feedback from its own cadre separately. It is feared the farmers' stir against the farm laws may turn into a violent agitation going by the sensitive socio-religious and political situation of Punjab.

While the BJP earlier rested on its alliance partner SAD to help maintain harmony, with the Akalis now out of the picture, the RSS is more actively getting feedback to prevent the situation from getting ugly.

Sources said the party might bring in new faces in the state leadership to counter the ongoing protests. The RSS had been at the receiving end in the past with targeted killings in the state. While its state vice-president Brig Jagdish Gagneja was shot dead in Jalandhar, shot were fired at its Ludhiana unit also.

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