- No doubt over Mr Bhagwat's patriotism, love for people of India: Sharief
- Shiv Sena had earlier called for Mr Bhagwat to be made President
- RSS chief however has dismissed the calls; Congress says will oppose move
"There are different schools of thoughts in India and it is but natural for such a vast country. Shri Mohan Bhagwat may belong to one school of thought but there should not be any doubt about his patriotism, love for the people of India, loyalty to the nation," Mr Sharief said in his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Main opposition party, the Congress has made it clear that it would block any move to make Mr Bhagwat the President. "It is very clear that we do not support RSS ideology," Congress spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi had said.
The BJP's prickly ally in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena had earlier this week said that Mr Bhagwat as India's next President was a good idea.
Mr Bhagwat has, however, dismissed speculation that he could run for President in elections to be held later this year, saying he considers such talk "entertainment".
President Pranab Mukherjee's five-year term ends on July 24 this year.