Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat should become the next President of India in order to transform the country into a “Hindu Rashtra”, news agency Press Trust of India reported. Thackeray, speaking to reporters in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad, said, “For the first time, we (BJP-led NDA) have received such a strong political mandate. The formation of a Hindu Rashtra is the primary objective and hence, Bhagwat should contest the presidential election.” This is not the first time that Thackeray has proposed Bhagwat’s name for the post. However, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief had said he was not interested in contesting the presidential poll. This is the third time Shiv Sena has declared its support for Bhagwat.
Speaking in a similar tone, Thackeray had earlier said that some party (BJP) has got one-handed power at the Centre, and hence it’s time for the country to get a strong president. On being asked whether Bhagwat was a suitable candidate to implement the concept of ‘Hindu Rashtra’, Uddhav Thackeray said, “Why not? At other places RSS candidates get appointed to important positions, then why not appoint him as President of India?”
As President Pranab Mukherjee’s term is set to end on July 25th, all the political heavyweights have started flexing their muscles to place their man in the seat of de jure power as head of the nation. Days ago, it was reported that Congress, Samajwadi Party, and National Conference leaders are reportedly holding meets with each other in the light of the impending elections. However, Bharatiya Janata Party with a 282 a mammoth majority in Lok Sabha and recent victories in state elections, has an edge this time. However, the party may face a serious contest if opposition parties get united.