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Ramlal recalled from BJP: Story of Sangh palace intrigue

While Ramlal was appreciated for his organisational skills, sources say he used to practise caste discrimination even as he had been assigned the authority of too many States

New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has recalled Ramlal, the national general secretary (organisation) of the BJP, from the party. Sangh has appointed him now as the akhil Bharatiya sahsampark pramukh (All-India joint head of communication).

V Satish is likely to be made the BJP’s new national general secretary (organisation). This follows, a swayamsevak said, frequent complaints of caste discrimination practised by Ramlal while in the party.

Ramlal used to be a pracharak (full-time worker) of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh for western Uttar Pradesh. His role was to act as an interface between Sangh and the BJP.

Ramlal and Sanghi palace intrigue

Further, “a group of senior leaders were of the opinion that because of his age and the fact that he has been handling too many States for too long, he should be replaced, or at least be divested of some of his responsibilities. However, these suggestions were ignored by the party president, who took into account his clean image and organisational skills,” a party functionary had told The Sunday Guardian in 2016. At that point of time, Ramlal was looking after the party’s work in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.

Ramlal had been the BJP’s general secretary (organisation) since 2006 when he replaced Sanjay Joshi who had got embroiled in another controversy. In 2012, then chief minister of Gujarat (now the Prime Minister) Narendra Modi had threatened to boycott the national executive meet of the BJP if the organisation did not remove Joshi. The organisation bowed to Modi’s demand. Two hours after Joshi’s removal, Modi agreed to attend the BJP meet.

Reportedly, sarsanghchalak (chief) Mohan Bhagwat did not like the treatment meted out to Joshi on that occasion. Since the day of that incident, the saffron organisation and its ideological parent have experienced a suppressed-yet-simmering disenchantment of Brahmins with Modi’s leadership.

Role of general secretary (organisation)

The BJP is now expected to assign new roles to some leaders in the political organisation. It has been a tradition in the BJP that the general secretary (organisation) is nominated by the RSS.

BJP’s general secretaries (organisation) are appointed at the Centre and State levels. They are responsible for decisions related to the organisation. They take part in all the meetings of the RSS.

In the BJP, after the party chief, the post of general secretary (organisation) is the most important.

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