New Delhi, March 20:

Dattatreya Hosabale has become the new general secretary of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), replacing Bhaiyyaji Joshi. The RSS confirmed the development on its Twitter handle on Saturday. The election took place at the two-day meeting of RSS’s highest decision-making body, Akhila Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, in Bengaluru.

73-year-old Bhaiyyaji Joshi became the general secretary in 2009 and completed four terms of three years each.

Dattatreya Hosabale is around 66 years old and hails from a family of RSS activisits in Karnataka. He joined the RSS in 1868 and in 1978 became a full-time organiser. In 2004, he became the second in command of the intellectual wing of the RSS.