Torn between the distress brought on by demonetisation and its loyalty to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh response to exercise has been by-and-large muted over the past two weeks. But top RSS leaders are now becoming more vocal in their support, taking the line that demonetisation will make the country "more moral."
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is personally overseeing the Sangh's efforts to reach out to people in order to explain demonetisation as well as alleviate the problems as a result of it. "From a barber to a vegetable vendor on the street to industrialists and bankers, every Indian acknowledges that the move is for building an honest country," RSS Joint General Secretary Dattaratreya Hosabale told The Economic Times.
Manmohan Vaidya, the national spokesperson, told ET, post-demonetisation "anti- national, separatist and terrorist activities in the country seem to have come to a sudden halt, resulting in restoration of normalcy in Kashmir Valley after a long time."
RSS Deputy Prachar Pramukh J Nandakumar told the newspaper: "The ordinary people understand the importance of this fight. Unfortunately, only some intellectuals and a section of media are against it." RSS leaders say that their volunteers are providing tea and water to people standing in queues, helping senior citizens and helping people fill out the required forms.
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