[RSS headquarter in Nagpur. Photo by Yogesh Pande]
Nagpur: The younger generation of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) workers see Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), especially its "hardcore Hindutva" ideology, as a stumbling block in the party's progress, according to a media report.
"With the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), considered as mother organisation of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), still sticking to its ideology of Hindutva and many in RSS not happy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to make the party secular and liberal, the young generation of BJP workers see RSS as a stumbling block in the party's progress", news agency UNI said in a report.
"Party workers are unhappy about the controversial statements made by senior RSS functionaries, right at the times of elections, which have once again brought on the anvil, the old debate of 'RSS or BJP'", the report said.
The party was recently jeopardised because of the statement made by RSS propaganda chief Manmohan Vaidya, about caste-based reservation.
Vaidya claimed that Dr BR Ambedkar himself had said that caste-based reservation would create communal divide in India. The statement is being seen as a potential threat to the party's image for the coming polls.
Vaidya demanded that caste-based reservation should be scrapped as it has created trouble for the BJP top brass, who are preparing for campaign in the upcoming polls.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat himself had demanded setting up of a committee to verify if the caste-based reservation was really helping the society or not. It is said that the statement had cost BJP dear in Bihar polls.
The RSS leaders have made controversial statements in the past as well, for which the party had to face heat in the arena of polls. Now with the fresh row over Vaidya's statement, anti-RSS voices are being heard among the party.