RSS sur­vey:

Gim­mick or re­al­ity?

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AN al­leged in­ter­nal sur­vey by the Rashtriya Swayam­se­wak Sangh (RSS) of the Shivraj Singh gov­ern­ment’s prospects in the assem­bly elec­tion has trig­gered spec­u­la­tions in the state. The sur­vey is said to have given the BJP only 60 to 70 seats in the 230-strong state assem­bly while pro­ject­ing the Congress as clear win­ner with more than 120 seats. Main causes for the BJP’s pos­si­ble de­feat, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, are cor­rup­tion and fail­ure to ad­dress deep­en­ing agrar­ian cri­sis. How­ever, there are two con­flict­ing ver­sions about the al­leged sur­vey. One sec­tion in the BJP con­cedes that in­deed such a sur­vey did take place and its find­ing should make the party lead­ers sit up and pon­der. An­other ver­sion has it that the RSS has de­lib­er­ately spread ru­mour about such a sur­vey hav­ing been con­ducted to squeezee more ben­e­fits for its vol­un­teers. The RSS has all-per­va­sive pres­ence in the Shivraj gov­ern­ment. In all ma­jor ap­point­ments and post­ings, the Sangh lead­ers have a ma­jor say. More­over, gov­ern­mentt pro­grammes and schemes also take due care of the RSS in­ter­ests. Yet, ac­cord­ing to BJP sources, the Sangh lead­er­sers want more ben­e­fits. Ever will­ing to con­cede RSS de­mands,emands, the Shivraj gov­ern­ment has re­cently an­nounceded two ma­jor de­ci­sions which di­rectly ben­e­fit the pa­tron or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Sangh Pari­var. One of the de­ci­sions is to pro­vide pen­sion of ` 8000 per month to MISA pris­on­ers who spent even a day in jail dur­ing the Emer­gency. The cabi­net also en­hanced pen­sion amount from ` 15,000 to ` 25,000 for MISA de­tenue who were in jail for more than one month. The other de­ci­sion, which has far reach­ing con­se­quences for the very gov­ern­ment struc­ture, was taken on Septem­ber 27. The state cabi­net rat­i­fied the Con­tract (Samvida) rules, 2017 which al­lows the chief min­is­ter and min­is­ters to ap­point peo­ple of their choice in grade three and grade four jobs. Ear­lier, only the re­tired gov­ern­ment per­son­nel from key po­si­tions would be ap­pointed un­der Samvida rules. This de­ci­sion, in ef­fect, opens the gates for RSS sym­pa­this­ers to en­ter in the gov­ern­ment po­si­tions at var­i­ous lev­els with­out fac­ing any re­cruit­ment test or pos­sess­ing req­ui­site qual­i­fi­ca­tions. This will be solely on the gov­ern­ment dis­cre­tion to choose peo­ple, re­gard­less of their qual­i­fi­ca­tions-ed­u­ca­tional or oth­er­wise. Po­lit­i­cal ob­servers say the RSS has ex­tracted ad­vance price in the form of the two de­ci­sions to work for BJP’s vic­tory. In the af­ter­math of the farmer stir fi­asco, an at­mos­phere was cre­ated that the RSS lead­er­ship is an­noyed with the chief min­is­ter’s han­dling of the farmer is­sues.

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