The Rashtriya Sawaymsevak Sangh (RSS) has substantially enhanced its presence across western Uttar Pradesh, senior leaders of the Hindutva group said, ahead of “Rastrodaya 2018” — a mega mobilisation event which more than three lakh people are expected to attend. Prant prachar pramukh Ajay Mittal said, “When the BJP government came to power in 2014, about 2,400 shakhas (branches) used to be held in Meerut alone in a day. Now the number has gone to 4,500. There is much more renewed energy, enthusiasm among the common people towards the organisation,” he added.Senior leaders told The Hindu that the RSS wanted to spread the reach of the organisation further ahead of the 2019 general elections. Pracharaks have been tasked with mobilising and bringing people together for the largest congregation in the RSS’s history. The RSS now claims to have more than two lakh new members from western U.P. Mr. Mittal emphasised that the focus of the campaign was on rural areas adding that among the participants, 2.18 lakh will be from the villages and 93,364 from the urban areas of the districts.