RSS meet in Bangalore, expansion plans on agenda (Lead, Superseding earlier story)

Bangalore, March 6: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will chalk out plans to expand its activities across India at its annual meeting beginning here Friday.

Clarifying that the three-day meeting had no political agenda and was not connected to the forthcoming general elections, the Sangh’s publicity head Manmohan Vaidya told reporters Thursday that the meeting would also evaluate its programmes and performance in social domains.

“No political decision will be taken at the meeting which is being held to discuss and evaluate our work. The top functionaries will review our various activities state-wise and discuss issues of national importance,” he said.

Asserting that the RSS was in favour of increasing participation by the electorate in the parliamentary elections, Vaidya said RSS cadres would work to generate awareness among the people to enroll as voters and exercise their franchise as a democratic right.

The meeting of the Sangh’s highest body for policy formulation and decision-making – the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) – is being held in the city after 12 years.

Besides the Sangh’s Sarsanghchalak (chief) Mohan Rao Bhagwat and Sarkaryavah (general secretary) Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi and a dozen office-bearers, about 1,400 representatives from across the country will participate in the meet.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh will also participate in the Sangh’s national and provincial meeting Saturday.

Leaders from the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, tribal welfare organisation Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, student organisation Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, workers’ union Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and political party Bharatiya Janata Paksha will also attend the conference.

IANS