With the Election Commission announcing the dates of the General Elections 2019 - the biggest exercise in democracy in the world - the nation is all set to cast its votes beginning from April 11 spread across seven phases, the results of which will be announced on May 23. As the election season has begun in the country, senior BJP MP Dr Subramanian Swamy on Thursday took to Twitter to share an interesting introspection on the relationship between the ruling BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) in the political landscape.
In his tweet, he wrote that BJP cannot survive without the RSS - the organisation which is considered as the ideological inspiration behind the ruling party which is now the biggest political party in the world. Adding that the 'RSS is the power plant', he termed the MPs (Members of Parliament) as the 'bulbs' which 'shine on getting electricity or can get fused'.
Dr Swamy later stated that the RSS does not 'micro-manage' the ruling BJP party - as has often been claimed by the Opposition which has on numerous occasions pointed to the Nagpur-based group as being the real wielder of power. However, Dr Swamy also added that the RSS' "macro perspective is quite complex", something he claims he learnt the hard way, he added, asking the PTs (his Twitter lexicon for Patriotic Tweeples) to learn the relationship between the two organisations.
Founded in 1925, the RSS at present boasts of millions of active members, with numerous current union ministers, including PM Modi, BJP party chief Amit Shah, Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari, and more.
Earlier, Dr Swamy had also opined on the BJP's election 2019 prospects, claiming that the party is on track to deliver an even better performance than its historic 2014 win. Taking to Twitter, Dr Swamy had claimed that the BJP could win as many as 350 seats which would exceed the overall NDA tally from 2014 as well.
However, his caveat is that the party's 'Hindutva-minded Karyakartas' must suspend their grievances and focus on the task at hand - i.e. winning a majority - which is essentially tantamount to saying that the BJP and RSS need to work together..