RSS yet to get invite for Modi swearing-in

While Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha has confirmed her presence at the Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony, RSS functionaries are yet to receive an invite from the BJP. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy are also likely to attend the function on Wednesday.

With just a day left before the former RSS pracharak takes oath for the fourth consecutive time as the chief minister of Gujarat, it is still not known as to who all from the RSS will be attending the ceremony.

Modi had paid a visit to the RSS office in Ahmedabad on Friday, a day after the Assembly election results were declared. He spent 45 minutes there reportedly talking to Sangh functionaries.

However, the mood in the RSS camp seems to be far from upbeat vis-a-vis its participation in Wednesday's ceremony. Gujarat RSS chief Dr Jatin Bhadeshiya said he was not sure of his presence at the function. "I can remain present only if my professional commitments allow me to," said Bhadeshiya, who was not present at the Ahmedabad RSS office when Modi visited there last week.

While invites to Swamy, Jayalalithaa, Badal and some other NDA leaders were dispatched on December 21, local RSS leaders are yet to get an invite. A top RSS functionary said, "We do not consider it a big issue. But yes, there is a difference of opinion among individuals. It is not necessary that individuals should take part in all functions and meetings."

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