Two senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leaders, Ram Madhav and Shiv Prakash, have been deputed to join the BJP. While Mr. Madhav, national spokesperson of the Sangh, is expected to join at a senior position, the BJP has also carved out a role for Mr. Prakash.
According to sources in the BJP, the decision, yet to be formally announced, was taken at a meeting of the Sangh.
“It is not the first time that the RSS has deputed its functionaries to take up positions in the BJP. These appointments are in keeping with the tradition,” said a source, playing down the Sangh’s growing influence in the party’s functioning.
Mr. Madhav, who is part of the national executive of the Sangh, is speculated to join as the spokesperson of the BJP and Mr. Prakash is likely to be named the party’s general secretary.