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For India to be Hindu Rashtra, Bhagwat should become president, says Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said the formation of a Hindu Rashtra is the primary objective.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2017 12:38 IST
Press Trust of India, Mumbai
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.(HT File)

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said in order to transform India into a “Hindu Rashtra”, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat should become the next President.

Speaking to reporters at Aurangabad, he 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.”

The Shiv Sena, an ally of the BJP in Maharashtra as well as at the Centre, had proposed Bhagwat’s name as the National Democratic Alliance’s candidate for the country’s top constitutional post earlier too, but the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief had said he was not interested in contesting the presidential poll.

First Published: May 07, 2017 21:57 IST