The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) last week elected Dattatreya Hosabale its sar- karyawah or general secretary. Hosabale replaced Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi, 73, who completed four terms of three years each.
Elected by nearly 1,500 members of the Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), RSS’ highest decision-making body, Hosabale will hold the position for three years, after which the post will be open for re-election. He has been the joint general secretary or sah-sarakaryavah of the organisation since 2009. Popularly known as Datta ji, Hosable is from Karnataka’s Shivamogga. He joined RSS in 1968 and became a full-time ABVP worker in 1978. He served as ABVP’s general secretary for 15 years in Mumbai.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s election, usually held in Nagpur, took place in Bengaluru. About 600 ABPS delegates voted physically and the rest cast their votes virtually from their respective headquarters. To elect a sar-karyawah, ABPS meets for three days in the month of March. This year, it was for two days. The annual meeting is held at various venues around the country, but once every three years.