Shah arrived in Bhopal on Thursday evening and headed straight to the venue of two-day convention of RSS at Sharda Vihar Educational Institute. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan welcomed him at the airport, but he did not speak to the media. Shah’s visit was unplanned as the saffron party was scheduled to meet in Delhi on August 27 to discuss strategy in BJP-ruled states with chief minsters and prominent leaders of Sangh Parivar.
It was Shah who all of a sudden decided to visit Bhopal where 400 representatives of RSS frontal organisations mainly VHP, ABVP, VIdya Bharti, Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Sanskar Bharti, and Swadeshi Jagran Manch were attending a meeting, which is organised once in two years to plan future policies and implementation of strategy.
The BJP is also concerned about the anti-Dalit tag, which is often being raised by the opposition Congress. The meeting will decide on issues like Dalit agenda, elections in UP and other states, reservation, Kashmir problem and implementation of Modi government’s schemes. Apart from BJP organisation leaders and cabinet colleagues of Chouhan, four union ministers representing state namely Narendra Singh Tomar, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Anil Madhav Dave and Thawar Chand Gehlot also attended the meet. However, none of the party leaders spoke on the meeting or the agenda to be discussed during BJP president’s visit.