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Mohan Bhagwat new RSS chief

Mohan Bhagwat new RSS chief

Author: Agencies
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: March 21, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/164121/Mohan-Bhagwat-new-RSS-chief.html

Rashtriya Swayayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak KS Sudarshan on Saturday stepped down after nearly nine years at the helm, paving way for general secretary Mohan Bhagwat to succeed him, RSS sources said here.

The change of guard in Sangh hierarchy came on the second day of the three-day
Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha, an apex council of all Sangh Parivar outfits and frontal Organisations.

RSS conclave which is expected to redefine its relationship with the BJP. BJP president Rajnath Singh and Bal Apte, on deputation from RSS, were present on the occasion.

Veteran ideologue Suresh Soni will be the new Sarkaryawaha (general secretary) of the Sangh Parivar fountainhead, the sources added. Soni used to be in the BJP hierarchy a few years ago as a joint general secretary.

Bhagwat, who will be the sixth RSS chief, is the youngest to assume the top post after Guruji Golwalkar. Bhagwat had become general secretary in 2000 when Sudarshan, an electronics and telecommunication engineer, took over the mantle of Sarsanghchalak from Rajendra Singh.

A veterinary doctor, Bhagwat hails from Chandrapur in Maharashtra and became a pracharak (full time volunteer) of RSS from his early years.

Bhagwat has held various responsibilities including district prachark for Akola, provincial pracharak for Nagpur and zonal prachark for Bihar before being made joint secretary.

The RSS was founded in Nagpur by late Keshav Baliram Hedgewar (1925-1940) and Guruji Golwalkar was the second Sarsanghchalak between 1940 and 1973. Balasaheb Deoras took over as the RSS chief in 1973 and continued till his death in June 1994.

Rajendra Singh, popularly known as Rajju Bhaiyya was at the helm of affairs from 1994 to 2000 and due to his ill health, he expressed his desire to pave the way for Sudarshan.

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