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Move for Sudarshan, Advani meet

Neena Vyas

NEW DELHI: Attempts are being made to organise a one-to-one meeting between the Bharatiya Janata Party president, L.K. Advani, and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief, K.S. Sudarshan, to sort out differences between the BJP and the RSS as party leaders are worried about the adverse fallout of Mr. Sudarshan's television interview on the morale of party cadre.

A source close to Mr. Advani said: "I do not know, I do not have this information. If and when it happens, we will let you know."

One BJP leader known to be close to the RSS said that far from being "isolated," the views of Mr. Sudarshan, which were aired on television, have been widely welcomed by RSS volunteers. "I have been getting telephone calls every day from `pracharaks' [RSS propagandists] and `swayamsevaks' [RSS volunteers] appreciating the views expressed by the Sarsanghchalak [RSS chief]," he said. He pointed out that what Mr. Sudarshan said on television — that the two elder BJP leaders should make way for younger leaders — had been privately conveyed to both the leaders on several occasions.

It is also being acknowledged that last year when Mr. Advani took the reins of the party as president from Venkaiah Naidu, RSS leaders were "not consulted" but "merely informed."

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