Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Chief Mohan Bhagwat in a resolute reply to rumours about his name being proposed for President said, “Whatever is being spread through media will not happen,” said Bhagwat. He said he works in Sangh Parivar and even if the proposition reaches him, he will not accept it. “Sangh mein kaam karte hain, humein wahan jana nahi.Prastav aata bhi hai toh swikar nahi karna,” said Bhagwat. On Tuesday, Sanjay Raut Shiv Sena MP proposed Bhagwat’s name for President after Pranab Mukherjee. He said it will be great if he is made the President, if India has to be made a ‘Hindu Rastra’, PTI reported.
Raut had told reporters, “It (President) is the highest post in the country. Somebody with a clean image should occupy it. We have heard Mohan Bhagwat’s name is being discussed for President. If India has to be made a ‘Hindu Rashtra’, Bhagwat will be a good choice for President. But the decision (to support his candidature) will be taken by Uddhavji.”
The Congress today said that it did not support Shiv Sena’s suggestion as it “opposed the saffron ideology”. The Opposition party added that they would come out with its candidate after holding internal discussions.
“It is very clear that we do not support RSS ideology,” Congress spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi told reporters when asked if the party supported the Sena’s suggestion, PTI reported.
On asked whether they will rise above party politics and give their suggestion for President’s name, Gogoi said, “When it comes to appointing our President…at the right time, we will, of course, have our own internal discussion first and then announce the nominee.”
Incumbent President Mukherjee is due to retire on July 24. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to host a dinner for all NDA MPs on Thurssday, to seek their support for the NDA Presidential candidate.