"Speculation": RSS sources on talk of 'rift' with BJP after chief's remarks

New Delhi, Jun 14: The RSS on Friday sought to quell the suggestions of its rift with the BJP and that Mohan Bhagwat's recent critical references related to the Lok Sabha polls were aimed at the ruling party, insisting that such claims are just speculation meant to create confusion.
RSS sources also noted that their organisation's three-day annual coordination meeting with its affiliates, including the BJP, is scheduled to be held in Palakkad district of Kerala starting August 31. Senior BJP leaders, including its president, are expected to attend the meeting, the first such exercise after the recent polls.
"There is no rift between the RSS and the BJP," the RSS sources said, amid the assertion by a section of people, including the opposition leaders, that Mr Bhagwat's remarks, including that "a true sevak is never arrogant", were a message to the BJP leadership following its below-par performance in the polls.
"There was not much difference in his (Mr Bhagwat's) speech from what he had given after the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Any address is bound to make a reference to an event as important as national elections.
"But it was misinterpreted and taken out of context to create confusion. His 'arrogance' remark was never directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi or any BJP leader," the sources said.
In his speech, Mr Bhagwat had on Monday expressed concern over peace eluding Manipur even after one year, criticised the common discourse during the polls and called for moving on instead of unnecessary discussion on the what and how of the elections after they were over and the results were out.
The opposition leaders had seized on his remarks to take a swipe at the BJP and PM Modi.
Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh had said, "If not the 'one-third' Prime Minister's conscience or the repeated demands of the people of Manipur, perhaps Mr. Bhagwat can prevail upon the former RSS office-bearer to go to Manipur."
Such claims by the opposition leaders are nothing but politics meant to spread confusion, the RSS sources said.
They also dissociated the Hindutva organisation, considered the ideological mentor of the BJP, from its national executive member Indresh Kumar's swipe at the party over its poll performance, saying "Lord Ram stopped those who had become arrogant at 241". PTI