CHANDIGARH: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was likely to keep a watch over the BJP’s affairs in the city owing to the fight for supremacy among the factions of Harmohan Dhawan, Sanjay Tandon and Satya Pal Jain.
A recent proof of the tussle was the absence of Jain from BJP core committee meeting and the felicitation function for new MP Kirron Kher. That’s not all. Dhawan and Tandon had issued contradicting statements over the administration’s alleged relaxation for sealing commercial establishments in the city. A few BJP leaders believe the situation warranted the RSS to step in.
“Though the senior leadership of the party has already made it clear that the newly-elected MP Kirron Kher will take help of all party leaders to get the public works done, RSS will monitor the tasks being carried out by each group. The reports will be shared by the central leadership from time to time. Those trying to harm the party for their personal gains will be tackled with an iron hand,” said a senior BJP leader.
Sources said some of the senior party leaders have even met senior RSS leaders of the local wing to chalk out the strategy to strengthen the BJP in the city. “Our aim is to connect with more and more people in the city. With the help of our volunteers, we will analyze different aspects and then ask local leadership to intervene,” said a member of local RSS wing.
It was for the first time that RSS had played an aggressive role during the Lok Sabha elections in Chandigarh. Besides BJP workers, over 1,500 volunteers of the RSS had spread out throughout the city to do their assigned jobs. Even senior RSS pracharaks had visited the city in the run-up to the elections.