Sources said the AAP phenomenon figured at a three-day meeting of RSS, BJP's ideological mentor, near Hyderabad, which ended on Thursday evening. For the record, both RSS and the BJP, however, denied that any such discussion took place in which the AAP phenomena figured.

BJP president Rajnath Singh on Thursday held confabulations with top brass of the RSS and key Sangh Parivar outfits as part of the exercise to fine-tune the party's strategy for the 2014 general elections.

RSS leaders are believed to have done some plain talk on the emergence of AAP during the interactions at the biennial meet of the Sangh fountainhead at Shamirpet on the outskirts of Hyderabad, an event kept out of bounds for the media.

Sources said that the Sangh was reportedly concerned about the surge in popular support for AAP across the country, particularly in the urban centers, after the recent assembly elections. "It was never discussed. No discussion in this regard took place. Sangh Sarsanchalak did not say anything like this," RSS spokesman Ram Madhav said when asked about Mohan Bhagwat reportedly asking BJP not to take AAP lightly ahead of polls.

Sudhanshu Trivedi, the BJP spokesperson and adviser to BJP chief said, "Whatever issues are being raised are baseless. Sangh never talks about political issues nor does it give any such advice. It only gives guidance on organizational and ideological issues.”

"I have talked to party president Rajnath Singh and he said no political discussion has taken place during the convention and only organizational matters were discussed," he added.

While BJP won in three states, it could not get a clear majority in Delhi due to the splendid performance of AAP, which is now planning to go nation-wide after initiating a slew of measures aimed at battling corruption and improving civic amenities in the capital.

AAP's growing profile has upset the electoral calculations of BJP as it was seeing itself as a natural beneficiary of the anti-incumbency mood against the Congress prevailing in the country. Bhagwat and key office-bearers of the Sangh, in addition to organizing secretaries of parivar outfits attended the meet which reviewed organizational matters and other issues.

According to sources, besides RSS, key leaders of ABVP, VHP, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh presented their latest “report cards” detailing the respective activities undertaken by them. "These activities (meeting) are mainly meant for exchange of views", a RSS functionary said.


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