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RSS upset with Shivraj govt over Simhastha corruption, seeks clarification

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BHOPAL: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has taken the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government to task over the allegedly large-scale corruption in Simastha.

Upset that it will hurt the Hindus and send a wrong signal, the Sangh sought clarification from BJP leaders in this regard.

In a meeting called in Bhopal, RSS leadership expressed surprise at the reported scale of corruption during Simhastha, and said that this would create a bad impression in society and party image would be affected.

The BJP leaders were asked how 'this' could happen under the very nose of the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also reached Sharda Vihar, the BJP office. The BJP leaders claimed that allegations of huge corruption were false and that it was Congress propaganda.

In the meeting that was held behind closed doors, the RSS state leadership gave a dressing down to the BJP leaders and asked them to be careful while dealing with sensitive issues. "Sangh has taken seriously the charges as they affect people's faith on government and sought clarification", said an organisation leader.

Sources said that the party leaders showed documents and claimed that there was no such corruption. The meeting was held on Saturday. The BJP leaders were instructed that they should avoid speaking carelessly on reservation, as 'it was a sensitive issue and that could divide the Hindu society'.

The upcoming by-elections in Madhya Pradesh and party's prospects at the two seats--Shahdol and Nepanagar were also discussed. Apart from top BJP leaders including Union ministers, several RSS leaders were present in the meeting.