Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat will be a good choice for President, believed Karnataka Congress leader Jaffer Sharief.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat will be a good choice for President, believed Karnataka Congress leader Jaffer Sharief. The Congressman who is also a former Railway Minister wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, according to TV reports. The senior Congress leader said he personally felt that nobody should find fault with Mohan Bhagwat’s name being considered for President.
Earlier, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had said that if India has to be made a ‘Hindu Rashtra’, Bhagwat will be a good choice for President. After this, there were discussions on Bhagwat to be in the race of President. But the RSS chief on March 29, gave a resolute reply on the reports and said he works in Sangh Parivar and even if the proposition reaches him, he will not accept it.
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Raut on March 27 said, “It 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.” Soon after this, the Congress 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 Sena’s suggestion. However, within a week of the statement, the Congressman Sharief has written a letter to the PM backing Bhagwat to be the President.
Since President Pranab Mukherjee assumed office on July 25 in 2012, the new President has to be sworn in on July 25 this year.
(With agency inputs)