BJP, RSS leaders meet again, talk polls
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For the second time in a fortnight, top BJP and RSS leaders held a brainstorming session on Tuesday. Sources said that they discussed the Assembly and general elections scheduled in the near future, but not the issue of NDA's prime ministerial candidate.
BJP leaders L K Advani, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Murli Manohar Joshi, Nitin Gadkari, Venkaiah Naidu, Ram Lal and Ananth Kumar remained closeted for about five hours with RSS leaders Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Suresh Soni, Dattatreya Hosbole, and Madandas Devi at the residence of party secretary Abhimanyu. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who was in Delhi, did not attend the meeting.
Party sources said the meeting broadly discussed the "political and internal security situations". Another party source downplayed the meeting, describing it necessary in the run up to the Sangh Parivar's bi-annual Pratinidhi Sabha slated for mid-March in Rajasthan. "The RSS holds discussion with its affiliate organisations in the run up to Pratinidhi Sabha. This meeting was held in that context," said the source.
On January 31, BJP, RSS and VHP leaders had held a meeting and decided to raise the pitch against Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's Hindu terror remarks.