Not remote-controlling govt, it’s moving in right direction: RSS

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NEW DELHI: The RSS on Friday rejected criticism that it was acting like a “remote control” and lauded the Narendra Modi government for “moving in the right direction.”

After a three-day “coordination” meeting with the top brass of the government and the BJP, the Sangh Parivar’s fountainhead said it was not reviewing the government’s performance but was only giving “inputs” to ministers, who are swayamsevaks, and it has a right to do so.

“Only 14 months have passed. There is more time and a lot more is to be done. Whatever has been done so far, the direction is right, dedication, commitment and achievements are good. We have to move forward. There cannot be 100% satisfaction for everyone,” RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale.

“We are not reviewing nor are we giving any message to the government. We are only sharing inputs,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended  the meeting towards end hours.

Replying to questions about criticism that RSS was giving directions to the government and ministers were violating the oath of secrecy by reporting to the RSS, he said, “We are not an illegal organisation. We are also citizens of the country. We have every right to ask ministers, who are also swayamsevaks. Where is the question of secrecy? Swayamsevaks have become ministers.”

Justifying the interaction with the government representatives, he said, the media does not make any issue when ministers go to CII or FICCI or other events.

To a question, Hosabale said the RSS would wait for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya as per government’s time-table as the issue was pending before the Supreme Court.

Several top ministers of Modi government participated in the deliberations on key issues including internal security, naxal problem and situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Manohar Parrikar, Venkaiah Naidu and Anant Kumar were among senior union ministers who attended the deliberations where they spoke about the measures taken by them on issues raised by the RSS and its affiliates.

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