Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis meet RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat at his residence in Mumbai. (PTI Photo)

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s meeting with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Dadar late Monday night may have been described as just a courtesy call but the subtle message this meeting has conveyed across political spectrum cannot be overlooked. At the heart of this informal meeting was Hindutva.

Highly placed sources in the BJP pointed out how, within a month of government formation, Bhagwat readily scheduled a 50-minute meeting with CM and DyCM. However, they said it was unlikely the discussion was around Cabinet expansion.

A BJP insider said, “Generally, RSS chiefs don’t interfere in the functioning of the governments – state or the Centre…therefore, it is unlikely that Cabinet expansion would have come up for discussions.”

A source said, “The sole concern of the RSS is to stand with any party, individual, or organisation which promotes nationalism, Hindutva.” The RSS will certainly like to see how the Shinde faction, which claims to be real Shiv Sena, pursues the agenda both in state governance and public matters.

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