Shiv Sena Proposes RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat For President

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Shiv Sena Proposes RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat For President

Mohan Bhagwat has headed the RSS since March 2009


Mumbai:  RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat should be considered for the post of President of India, the Shiv Sena today urged the Narendra Modi government.

In a surprise statement, Sena MP and Saamana Executive Editor Sanjay Raut said the National Democratic Alliance - of which the Sena is a member - and the BJP in particular should think of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS Sarsanghchalak if it wanted to fulfil its dream of achieving a "Hindu Rashtra".

"This has been discussed in our party. Even Sena President Uddhav Thackeray is of the opinion that for making India a 'Hindu Rashtra', Bhagwat should be made the President," Mr Raut told mediapersons.

He said a staunch Hindu nationalist like Narendra Modi was the Prime Minister and another Hindutva proponent, Yogi Adityanath, had become Chief Minister of India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh.

"He (Bhagwat) is a strong leader, staunch nationalist, has a deep knowledge of the Constitution. So if the BJP wants to make India a 'Hindu Rashtra', his name must be considered. He is the most suitable candidate," Mr Raut said.

Born in Chandrapur in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, Mr Bhagwat, 66, has headed the RSS since March 2009.

The presidential election is due in July.


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