Saturday April 29 2006 13:04 IST
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Further widening the BJP-RSS rift in the State, the RSS strongman P.P.Mukundan had been removed from the post of RSS Pracharak.
The decision was taken by the State leadership of the RSS last month, following the ransacking of the BJP State headquarters here soon after the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha bypoll.
Sources in the State RSS leadership confirmed that the top brass of the RSS had taken the decision with the consent of its headquarters at Nagpur. Additionally, the State BJP had written to the central leadership to remove Mukundan as organising secretary of the South.
Though the decision was to keep him away from the Sangh Parivar activities, it was not made public as both the RSS and the BJP leadership feared a backlash in the Assembly elections. Since Mukundan enjoys a massive support base in the Sangh Parivar in the State, the leadership was not ready to give the issue a political colour.
“The Sangh does not want to discuss these issues with the media. Since we have been following certain rules and regulations, it cannot be divulged to the media,” RSS pranth pracharak, A.Gopalakrishnan told this website’s newspaper.
Asked whether the issue would affect the prospects of the BJP in the elections, Gopalakrishnan said that the Sangh was not interested in politics. “If someone is giving a political colour to it, Sangh is not responsible,” the pranth pracharak said.
Sources said that Mukundan is still holding the zonal charge (kshetriya pracharak) of South Indian States with his influence in the Central leadership of the BJP. And the Central leadership is well aware of his clout in the State.
Though the RSS had asked him to return to the Sangh, he has not obliged. He was lying low, as the RSS had given strict instructions to the BJP not to invite him for any functions in the State.
But the situation had worsened after his comments on the polling day in the first phase to the media that it will be difficult for the BJP to open an account in the Assembly. After these revelations, his opponents leaked the expulsion news to the media the other day.
Meanwhile, BJP State president P.S.Sreedharan Pillai told newsmen here on Friday that he was not aware of the removal of Mukundan from the post of RSS pracharak.