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RSS drops PM clues

Mohan Bhagwat at the Maha Kumbh Mela on Thursday. (PTI)

New Delhi, Feb. 7: RSS chief Mohanrao Bhagwat has dropped the first clear hint that he could endorse Narendra Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

According to sources present at the venue, Bhagwat while addressing a meeting of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s dharam sansad (or religious parliament) in Allahabad was interrupted with a “Modi-for-PM” chorus. The chorus was led by two clerics, Swami Ramanujacharya and Swami Vasudevacharya.

Responding to the clamour, the RSS chief was quoted as saying: “People know what is in your heart. The entire country is speaking in the same voice; the same voice is resonating everywhere. That is why we (the RSS) should not interfere in what should be done. They (the BJP) will have to take a decision on what is to be done. Whatever we may say, those who know it should do it.”

However, Bhagwat — whose credibility took a beating after he put himself out to back Nitin Gadkari for a second term as the BJP president but failed — cautioned: “If what they (the BJP) do proves to be wrong, then we should let them eat the fruits as well.”

A couple of days ago, former VHP supremo Ashok Singhal had rooted for Modi, claiming that he was the country’s “most popular” leader after Jawaharlal Nehru.

But BJP sources maintained that Modi is interested in “keeping a distance” from the RSS and the VHP.