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MANAN KUMAR | Thu, 13 Jul 2017-06:45am , New Delhi , DNA

Mohan Bhagwat (left) and Amit Shah

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat (left) and BJP President Amit Shah at the release of Narendra Damodardas Modi: The Making of a Legend by Bindeshwar Pathak (PTI)

What is more is that he (PM Narendra Modi) would consider no work impossible and do what is needed, says Bhagwat

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling him an able and competent contractor of social welfare and a leader India has a lot of hope from.

He, however, cautioned that “we might put the entire onus on the contractor’s head and sleep. This shouldn’t happen.” He also credited the PM’s success to his association with the RSS.

Bhagwat listed Modi’s attributes like hard work, courage, patience, wisdom, strength and valour, and said: “What is more is that he would consider no work impossible and do what is needed.”

The ringing endorsement comes at a time when the Modi government is facing criticism from the Opposition on economic initiatives like demonetisation and GST, besides challenges on border and terror fronts.

Bhagwat was speaking at the launch of a coffee table book on Modi’s life titled The Making of a Legend written by Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak.

The RSS chief indicated that the RSS ideology will prevail despite a few compromises the government has to make. BJP President Amit Shah was also present at the event.

“If you have to go to Nagpur [RSS headquarters] even in an aeroplane, the pilot does not take it straight but manoeuvres it in a zigzag way to avoid turbulence before reaching the destination. Life is also like that. To accomplish some work, you cannot go straight, and have to manoeuvre… but the target remains the same,” Bhagwat said.

He also emphasised that “Narendra bhai” could not have had an illustrious journey as Gujarat’s CM and then as India’s PM without his long journey as an RSS pracharak.

“People need to read and understand that character correctly… had the journey of Narendra Bhai before he became Gujarat’s CM continued in the same manner, you would not have known him… though we would have still known him,” said Bhagwat, pointing out the ideals of devotion and dedication in Modi.

The RSS chief said that “Narendra Bhai” still follows the same lifestyle of an RSS worker like he did before becoming Gujarat’s CM and later India’s PM. Bhagwat urged society to take up issues such as untouchability, as “there are many things that the government alone cannot do. Society would have to do such things on its own.” He said it was wrong to hold Modi responsible for every problem.

Bhagwat appealed to people to read the book and aspire to follow Modi’s qualities.

In his address, Shah said that Modi has a nature of moving ahead while working like a normal party worker. “The works done during Narendra bhai’s tenure as Gujarat CM created a buzz. He resolved many problems in Gujarat that were decades old.”

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