New Delhi, Jan 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, considered as ‘Hero of Godhra’ by the fringe elements of our polity, rode to power on the agenda of development mixed with subtle communalism preached by his deputies. Although, he was regarded as the Hindu Hriday Samrat for allegedly favouring the majoritarian community in the aftermath of 2002 Godhra train carnage, he turned into a different political persona by 2014. Ahead of the general elections, he was no longer a saffron icon, but an aspiring statesman who would strive for development at all cost, ‘without discrimination’. Also Read - Ahead of West Bengal Assembly Polls, PM Modi to Address Rally at Kolkata’s Brigade Ground Today
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) keenly supported him and played a crucial role in his victory by their on-ground campaigning and unprecedented volunteer reach. However, the relationship between RSS and the Sangh-rooted Modi has recently taken an unexpected turn with the BJP’s ideological parent getting miffed with the policies adopted by the Modi-government which are in stark contrast with that preached by RSS. Also Read - Poll Panel Seeks Report on TMC's Complaint About PM's Pic on COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
The hardline Hindutva faction has always rooted for Swadeshi and opposed Foreign Direct Investment. However, Modi-government is committed towards FDI and opening up the market to global giants with the risk of eradicating the presence of domestic players. (ALSO READ: RSS’ primary labour body attacks PM Modi, calls his policy ‘anti-worker’) Also Read - Breaking News Updates: After BJP, Now Congress Releases First List of 13 Candidates For Bengal Polls
At least 3 factions of the RSS have launched an all-out attack against Modi, calling him anti-farmer and anti-labour. Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) and Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM). The trio have accused Modi of violating his pre-poll promises and blindly inheriting the neo-liberal policies of his predecessor Manmohan Singh-government.
Secondly, the distance between Modi and Sangh grew following the Bihar assembly elections. While sources within the Sangh reveal that RSS regards the defeat of BJP in Bihar due to ‘below-the-expectation’ performance of Narendra Modi at Centre. Whereas, a huge section of BJP relates it loss with the contentious statement given by sarsangchalak Mohan Bhagwat demanding a review of reservation and redefining the list of beneficiaries.
The third reason for the growing resentment is the one which might end the political career of Narendra Modi if he loses in 2019. Modi has walked down the same path which Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani. Both the leaders were embroiled in saffron colours. But at the most mature point of their political careers, they violated the ideological boundaries of the Sangh which led to their downfall.
Vajpayee, committed the mistake (from RSS’ standards) by engaging in peace talks with Pakistan. In 2004, when Vajpayee gave the historic speech at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore, peace-loving people across the borders were rejoicing. However, the head offices at Nagpur adopted a muted response strongly disapproving the policy of Vajpayee, which under no circumstances could be validated by the ultra-nationalists.
Similar mistake was committed by Advani, who went to Pakistan only to pay homage to Muhammad Ali Jinnah, calling him a true secular.
Narendra Modi is no exception for the hardliners. His visit to Pakistan, extending more than a olive branch to Islamabad, exhibiting real warmth towards counterpart Nawaz Sharif has reportedly not gone down well with the RSS.
The growing distance between the Modi and the organization, which he joined at 14-year of age is turning bitter. The growing gap between the two is evident. At the Indian Science Congress inauguration function in Mysuru, Modi was scheduled to present an award to Vijnana Bharati, the scientific wing of the RSS. However, the Prime Minister deliberately left the venue before awarding Vijnana Bharati.
Interestingly, both Mohan Bhagwat and Narendra Modi have decided to skip the RSS-BJP review meet scheduled on January 14.