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Out of favour in the BJP, Ram Madhav makes a comeback in RSS

Madhav has been appointed to the central executive council, and was among the organisational changes that the RSS effected Saturday.

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Bengaluru: The RSS Saturday rehabilitated BJP leader Ram Madhav, who had fallen out of favour in the party, by appointing him to its central executive council.

It is a homecoming for Madhav, who began his career in the RSS; he has now been appointed as the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Sadasya, a role that will require him to initiate meetings with think-tanks, be in touch with thinkers, writers and intelligensia to promote the initiatives of the organisation.

Madhav’s appointment was among the changes that the RSS made in its organisational set-up during the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha’s (ABPS) annual meeting held in Bengaluru Saturday. The sabha is the RSS’s top decision-making body.

Chief among the changes is the appointment of Dattatreya Hosabale as the general secretary, the outfit’s top post, while Arun Kumar and Ram Dutt Chakradhar have been appointed as joint general secretaries or Sah Sarkaryavahs. They join Dr. Manmohan Vaidya, Krishna Gopal and C. R. Mukunda in these posts.

Other significant changes include the appointment of RSS veteran Ramlal as Sampark Pramukh or public relations head. Ramlal had spent 10 years in the BJP, as a general secretary (organisation), before he returned to the RSS in 2019. He had been serving as the Sah Sampark Pramukh or deputy incharge of public relations before his elevation Saturday.

The former ABVP national organising secretary, Sunil Ambekar, has now been appointed as the Prachar Pramukh or incharge of media relations.

The comeback for Ram Madhav

Once synonymous with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign trips, Ram Madhav slowly began falling out of favour in the BJP. He was instrumental in the PM’s presence at Madison Square in New York, Wembley in London and Sydney in 2014.

Madhav’s star was on the ascendant then, with the then BJP general secretary tasked with stitching alliances in the Northeast and Jammu and Kashmir.

But by 2018, he began falling off the radar — no longer part of the Prime Minister’s foreign tours by then, while the party also delegated the Northeast and J&K to other leaders.
The final straw came in September 2020, when the BJP removed him as national general secretary, along with other leaders such as Uma Bharti and P. Muralidhar Rao.

“He is a very ambitious leader but may have been asked to return as he had apparently fallen out with Amit Shahji,” a Karnataka BJP leader said. “Having said that, one cannot deny he is a very strong leader and pracharak.”

A senior RSS leader said Madhav, who was overseeing the party activities in the Northeast, had often clashed with Assam’s Himanta Biswa Sarma, a man known to be very close to Amit Shah.

“Not only did they have several differences of opinions on issues related to the party affairs in the northeastern states. Sarma is said to have complained to the BJP high command about receiving complaints from partymen,” he said.

The functionary said that Madhav will now work in Delhi for the RSS. “He will work on intellectual activities of the RSS based out of Delhi,” he added.

(Edited by Arun Prashanth)

Also read: How proximity to Modi, RSS’ south ambitions are behind Hosabale’s elevation as general secy


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  1. “He will work on intellectual activities of the RSS based out of Delhi,” he added.,

    ha, ha, ha ! Organising the next communal riot will be the level of his intellectual activities.

    I saw Ram Madhav’s interview with Mehdi Hassan, where he got bambooed.

    And I saw him lying on BBC when Stephen Sackur asked him to explain Golwalkar’s praise of Hitler. Sackur read out Golwalkar’s passage where he wrote Nazi Germany shocked the world….. Madhav jumped in to say that was proof that Golwalkarji was very much sympathetic to the Jews ! Whereas in the whole passage, Golwalkar is approving Hitler, and his meaning was Hitler did the right thing ignoring the shock of the world, and India should do the same.

    They are inducted into criminality at a young age in the shakha, and then have to spend the remainder of their life lying. Whether it is Madhav, or Modi, or Shah, or Advani their mentality and intellect are suited only for thuggery and violence.

  2. How did you manage to know that heDhru was out of favour in the BJP.? Organisational changes can always happen. RSS went through some need based restructuring, which necessitated the return of Sri Ram Madhav to the RSS

  3. His political experience will HELP Ram Madhav in his powerful assignment in RSS. He hardbred in the Singh, is young and has a bright future.

  4. A rabid rabble rousing journalist who blames HINDUS distributing sweets as the reason for RIOTS , who was also spreading fake propaganda that RIOTERS were protecting temples. Is obiviously writing what her wishes are which is nothing but fake news.

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