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Shiv Sena wants NDA to consider RSS chief Bhagwat as President of India

To fulfill the dream of a ‘Hindu rashtra’, the Shiv Sena has suggested that the NDA should consider making RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat India’s next President.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2017 07:17 IST
Swapnil Rawal
Swapnil Rawal
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Shiv Sena hs suggested the NDA make RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat India’s next President.(PTI)

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagat’s name should be considered for the next President of India. The Presidential election is due in July.

Senior Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said if the dream of a “Hindu Rashtra” (Hindu nation) has to be fulfilled, then Bhagwat should be made President. According to Raut, the BJP has selected and appointed chief ministers associated with the RSS and they shouldn’t shy away from nominating Bhagwat for President.

“After a long time, there is an atmosphere of Hindutva in the country. A Hindutvawadi [pro Hindu] leader is the Prime Minister of the country in the form of Narendra Modi. Recently, Yogi Adityanath, another Hindutva leader, was made the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. So if the dream of a Hindu rashtra has to be fulfilled, then Bhagwat should be made the President,” Raut told HT.

Raut said, “The demand for Ram Mandir, Uniform Civil Code, the issue of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, all these issues have been close to the PM and Bhagwat ji. If he is elected President, they can fulfil these agendas.”

First Published: Mar 27, 2017 16:05 IST