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Posted at: Sep 16, 2017, 12:40 AM; last updated: Sep 16, 2017, 12:40 AM (IST)

RSS warning on economic front adds to BJP worries

RSS warning on economic front adds to BJP worries
BJP president Amit Shah with Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das at a function in Ranchi on Friday. PTI

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15

Amid reports of in-house “warnings” about the prevailing negative perception over the Modi government’s economic moves, BJP’s national executive on September 24-25 is expected to see the party adopt an economic resolution on issues proving to be headache ahead of key elections.

The meeting comes ahead of the polls in politically crucial Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh and reports of none other than the RSS raising red herring over unrest on issues like “economic slowdown, jobless growth, failure of demonetisation, health and farmer distress”.

In its January national executive, the BJP had passed an economic resolution describing PM Modi’s demonetisation decision as “historic” and a fatal blow to black money and funding of terrorism. Though BJP spokespersons continue to stick to the line, the party’s ideological fountainhead is said to be having a different opinion.

After a meeting with its frontal organisations recently, it is said to have cautioned the BJP leadership about people’s raising tough questions on moves such as demonetisation. Adding to the warning that Modi’s popularity can no longer guarantee the BJP its next win, it seems the party is also losing grip on the social media which engineered its rise

While the PM’s individual popularity remains at an optimum level, it seems the BJP’s pro-active cyber brigade is losing space to rivals. Therefore, it was not without a reason that BJP chief Amit Shah, while speaking in Gujarat recently, warned the youth against “propaganda” in the social media against development claims of the party-led state government.

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