Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh general body meeting at Nagpur this weekend is being closely watched in political circles for any changes in two key organisational positions which may impact Sanghs internal dynamics and its relations with the BJP.
RSS general secretary or sar karyawah Bhaiyyaji Joshis current three-year term gets over with the Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha meet which began on Friday. Joshi has been in office for nine years now; having got two extensions after his nomination in 2009.
General Secretary in the RSS hierarchy is the most powerful position after sarsanghchalak and is the chief executive overseeing the organisational apparatus, including Sanghs relationship with its affiliates.
Mohan Bhagwat before assuming office worked as sar-karyawah under KS Sudarshan. A change of guard at number two position has had a direct bearing on Sanghs interactions with the BJP.
RSS leaders thus far are tight-lipped on whether Joshi will get another term in office.
The person who could replace Joshi as number-2 in the hierarchy is another joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale. The RSS pracharak from Karnataka has risen up the ranks and has worked as organisation secretary of the RSS students wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyathi Parishad.