CARE­LESS TRUMP’S WORLD WHIS­PERS PG 18

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San­jay Joshi is an RSS pracharak with con­sid­er­able clout. De­spite

in­cur­ring the wrath of Naren­dra Modi, he re­tains sup­port within the BJP. Some even talk of a ‘Joshi fac­tion’ op­posed to the all-pow­er­ful prime min­is­ter. Such gos­sip has reared its head be­cause of con­tro­ver­sial com­ments by se­nior RSS leader Man­mo­han Vaidya op­pos­ing caste­based reser­va­tions. The Sangh clar­i­fied that the re­marks re­ferred to Mus­lim reser­va­tions, but that hasn’t stopped tongues wag­ging. Vaidya is con­sid­ered close to the Nagpur-based Joshi and his sup­port­ers, who have long mis­trusted Modi’s po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions. RSS chief Mohan Bhag­wat con­tin­ues to play ref­eree.

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