Significantly, Shah is the second senior BJP leader to have called on Bhagawat after Home Minister Rajnath Singh who met him earlier this week. Though there was no official word on both meetings from either the BJP or the RSS, Rajnath's visit to the Sangh headquarters has fuelled speculation that he had voiced some reservation on the style of functioning and decision-making process of Shah, who is close to Modi.

Shah, who was closetted with Bhagwat and other top RSS leaders for one-and-a-half hours, did not meet reporters to brief them on the subject or nature of their interaction.

However, according to RSS sources, Shah briefed the Sangh leaders  about the "success and shortcomings" of the Narendra Modigovernment at the Centre in its first year in office.

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