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RSS to infuse young blood into Kerala BJP

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To initiate revamp of State unit only after Assembly election.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State leadership is likely to initiate a thorough revamp of the party machinery only after the Assembly elections.

Party sources say that the State leaders’ meeting held here already has finalised a panel of State and district office-bearers, but it will be announced only after the elections.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), ahead of its centenary celebrations due on September 27, 2025, has laid out an action plan to infuse young blood into its cadre and also accommodate leaders above the age of 40 years in the BJP.

Activists with a proven track record holding pivotal positions in the Sangh Parivar organisations such as the Hindu Aikya Vedi, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), and the Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) who have crossed 40 years of age, would thus be deployed to play significant roles in the BJP in the coming years.

National scheme

This is also part of a larger national scheme to recharge the RSS cadre with young blood from all sectors, mainly professionals, within the next 10 years, sources say.

The change will first reflect in the State BJP unit, where the 14 district presidents as well as those up to the mandalam level, would be hardcore RSS activists.

The thrust would be on streamlining the party machinery and also on an image building exercise before the elections.

The cadre will be cautioned against having any confrontation with its political foes that will mar its election prospects.

The BJP as well as the RSS have identified about 15 potential Assembly seats and hereafter the focus is on bettering its performance, sources say.

The RSS has of late been organising milans, cohesive groups, among professionals in the State and it has already been launched among IT professionals.

Though projected as bohemian stress buster groups aimed at promoting camaraderie, in effect they will function as a feeder organisation of the Sangh Parivar.

Meanwhile, the decision of the national leadership to refurbish the State unit with an array of RSS hardliners is likely to further alienate community organisations such as the Nair Service Society (NSS) and also certain denominations of the Christian community with which the party had been trying to build bridges prior to the elections.

The dissident leaders who have chosen to lie low in the wake of the stern warnings of the RSS are also reported to be unhappy at the manner in which they are being elbowed out to provide room for handpicked leaders.

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