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India polls: Grassroots Hindu group says it won't 'remote control' Modi

Published on May 16, 2014 9:56 PM

NAGPUR, India (AFP) - A grassroots Hindu nationalist group with ties to India's incoming government said on Friday it was ready to offer advice, but would not impose its hardline agenda after its most famous alumnus, Mr Narendra Modi, won a landslide election victory.

Mr Suresh Joshi, the general secretary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), said his organisation would be happy to make suggestions to the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government if requested, but would not seek to run it by "remote control".

"Any government which is run by remote control is not good for democracy," Mr Joshi said at the RSS's headquarters in the city of Nagpur in the western state of Maharashtra.

Asked by AFP what role the RSS would play in the new government, Mr Joshi replied: "No role. If they ask us we will suggest (ideas) to them."

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