Back to basics: RSS highest decision-making body refrains from discussing Lok Sabha polls

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 08, 2019, 05.56 PM(IST) Written By: Kartikeya Sharma

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This Lok Sabha election is considered very important for the BJP because it has decided to take on the opposition on core issues like nationalism and Ram temple. 

The highest decision-making body of RSS, Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), started its three-day long deliberation session in Gwalior on Friday. What is surprising is that the topmost body will not discuss electoral politics but the swayamsevaks will create awareness in the society about casting their votes. 

This Lok Sabha election is considered very important for the BJP because it has decided to take on the opposition on core issues like nationalism and the Ram temple. 

ABPS is the highest decision-making body which meets once a year and a representative is chosen on every 2,000 swayamsevak. The meeting is important because it provides a road-map to the entire organization.

This time around, the RSS only intends to pass a resolution on the Sabarimala issue and the promotion of family values and challenges in contemporary India. But RSS did not refrain from espousing its position on the Ayodhya issue this time.

In a strongly worded statement, published in part of the annual report, the RSS expressed strong reservation on the Ram Janambhomi case.

In its annual report, the RSS stated, "In Ram Janambhomi case, instead of accelerating the judicial process to end the long-drawn dispute, the Supreme Court has taken a surprising stand. That the Supreme Court should find no priority for the sensitive subject associated with the deep faith of Hindu society is beyond understanding. We are experiencing that Hindus are constantly being neglected. While having full respect in the judicial system we would like to say emphatically that the judgment on the dispute must expedite and remove the obstacles in constructing a grand Ram temple."

The RSS was equally scathing on the top court when it came to the Sabarimala issue. Its statement read, "Reverence and values are the pivots of the Hindu society. These accepted norms and traditions guide social behaviour. Hence, it is not just the legal process but social tradition and acceptance which are also important. The Supreme Court in the Sabarimala case, without taking into consideration all relevant entities and customs, delivered a judgement even without the consideration of the different opinion of the lone woman member of the bench.”

The RSS also addressed the issue of terrorism in its report saying, "The external forces, with the help of some anti-national internal elements, are giving shape to violent incidents. The attack on the Army is very tragic especially the attack in Pulwama. Nobody should take our tolerance as a sign of weakness.” The RSS said that the current government must take strong action against the anti-national elements, adding that it had, indeed, done praiseworthy work in this direction.

RSS Joint General Secretary Manmohan Vaidya said that to improve the outreach of the organisation, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the six sah sarkaryavahs of the organisation have taken meetings with 12,000 swayamsevaks in 43 prants. It was also noted that over 1 lakh youth, ageing between 20-35 years, joined the organisation in a year’s time. 

It was also noted that the RSS has reached 88 per cent of the blocks in the country through its 63,637 shakhas. Its work expanded to 54,472 mandals and the number of daily RSS shakhas increased to 59,266. The meeting focused on the issue of Sabarimala and challenges to the family system in contemporary India.