Day to go, RSS yet to get invite for Modi swearing-in

Pravin Maniyar, former RSS office-bearer who had led the ceremony preparation in 2001 and campaigned for Keshubhai Patel's Gujrat Parivartan Party in the recently-concluded elections, had appealed to the voters to oust the Modi government. When contacted, the 74-year-old leader said, "I am done with politics. Now, I want to focus on areas like strengthening RSS sakhas in the Saurashtra region, my engineering college and cow protection work."

He, like another RSS heavyweight Bhaskarrao Damle, had supported Keshubhai in his fight against Modi. Damle has reportedly been not keeping well of late.

Little wonder that the RSS has not been involved in the preparations, including finalising the list of invitees, for the grand ceremony for which top BJP leaders like L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley are likely to come. "It's an affair of the BJP," said an RSS leader.

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