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RSS lessons for the BJP
January 24, 2006 20:34 IST
Leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday discussed issues of 'ethics in politics' at a brainstorming session, even as the Sangh fountainhead asserted that it was not 'fixing any bottom-line for the party'.
This was their first session after Lal Kishanchand Advani stepped down as party president.
"We discussed how to create values in politics, good governance and ways to improve the economic scenario of the nation," RSS Spokesperson Ram Madhav said after the first day of the two-day session.
Chief ministers of five BJP-ruled states, party president Rajnath Singh, RSS chief K S Sudershan and general secretary Mohan Bhagwat attended the session.
Madhav asserted that it was 'not a co-ordination meeting between the RSS and the BJP but a broad-based discussion on issues affecting the nation and polity'.
"We are not meeting to fix any bottom-line for the BJP. This is only a mere exchange of ideas. We will also deliberate on the degradation of politics and how to free leaders from the compulsions of politics," he said.
Madhav said the RSS will not discuss issues like creation of Hindu Rashtra in the meeting, adding that the Sanjay Joshi sex CD scandal and Jaswant Singh's visit to Jinnah's mausoleum will also not figure in the discussions.
"There will be no discussion. These issues are closed," he said.