RSS chief to start 8-day UP visit from Agra



Lucknow : Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat will be visiting poll-bound Uttar Pradesh for eight days, starting tomorrow from Agra. During his UP visit, Mr Bhagwat would meet the pracharaks, other senior RSS functionaries and leaders of BJP and saffron brigade in the wake of the coming crucial assembly elections in the state early next year. The visit is reported to be in connection with initiating coordination between the different political and non- political organisations of the RSS during the assembly polls. In Agra, where the chief is slated to stay for five days, will also have a lunch at the residence of a Dalit functionary on the last day of his visit. According to the programme in Agra, Mr Bhagwat would be holding two discussion sessions, one with educationists and intellectuals and the other with young married couples on August 20 and 21 respectively.


Over 2,000 people from the commissionerates of Agra, Aligarh and Bareilly, covering almost 12 districts of western UP, are slated to attend each of the two discussion sessions. Mr Bhagwat's programmes in the Taj city will be a RSS attempt to promote its version of cultural nationalism, as they aim to discuss, among other things, how education can be used to kindle 'rashtra bhaav" (nationalism) among students and the influence of western and modern culture on married lives of people in India, according to RSS sources here today. After Agra, Mr Bhagwat would reach Lucknow on August 27 and stay there till August 29. They said Mr Bhagwat would attend the meeting of the regional pracharaks and on the last day, he will hold discussions with the leaders of the BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal, Kisan organisations and others. The meeting would ensure better coordination between the saffron parties and others for the UP polls. 

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