Against this backdrop, Sangh outfits like the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (sjm) are once again in the agitational mode. Even as the Tehelka crisis continues to give nightmares to the Vajpayee team, the sjm opened yet another front against the government—it held a protest meeting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi last week to demand the government's withdrawal from the wto. While this is an old swadeshi agenda, the timing of the agitation is widely seen as ploy to pressurise a government already on the backfoot.
And the sjm is not the only one in a belligerent mode. rss sarsanghchalak K.S. Sudershan's direct attack on Vajpayee last week for not appointing "efficient people" in the pmo was just a small indication of the frustration among the Sangh cadre. Although rss insiders point out that Sudershan was slammed by the top brass for voicing his views in public, there was a general disapproval of the Vajpayee government's style of functioning among the delegates of the recently held rss pratinidhi sabha in Delhi. Sudershan's assertion was also a reminder to a beleaguered Vajpayee that the rss has not given up on its old demand of appointing people who go along with the Sangh's broader vision in key positions in the government.