Who will be India’s next President? RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat a good choice, says Shiv Sena MP

Shiv Sena MP has added yet another name to the list of probables for President of India–RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

As political corridors are abuzz with talks of who’s going to be the next President of India, several names are doing the rounds, ranging from BJP veteran L K Advani to even superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has added yet another name to the list of probables–RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Raut said Bhagwat will be good choice to make India a ‘Hindu Rashtra’.

Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has a knack for not always voting the same way as rest of the BJP allies. In the past, it has voted for Congress-backed candidates–Pratibha Patil in 2007 and Pranab Mukherjee in 2012.


Batting for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said someone with clean image should occupy the country’s higest post, adding that the party has heard Bhagwat’s name being discussed for President of India.

The Sena MP said that if India is to be made a Hindu Rashtra, then Mohan Bhagwat is a good choice. Sanjay Raut, however, clarified that the final decision in this regard will be taken by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

“In the last two Presidential polls, Balasaheb (Thackeray) had gone against the flow and done what was in the interest of the nation. Even then, the Presidential candidates had come to ‘Matoshree’ to discuss the elections,” the Raut said in response to a question on whether he would attend the dinner hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strategise about the Presidential polls.

Earlier reports had hinted at Lal Krishan Advani being the frontrunner for the president’s post. Some suggested that Narendra Modi was thinking of giving a befitting ‘gurudakshina’ to Advani by nominating him for the post.

Another senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi too is believed to be in the running for the president’s post. In an irony of sorts, Joshi had reportedly met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to discuss the Presidential polls with him.

Both L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case in which the final verdict is awaited. Joshi and Advani led the Ayodhya movement and were colleagues at RSS too.

Manipur Governor Najma Heptullah too is said to be in running for the presidential race. A five-time Rajya Sabha member, Heptullah was a Congress member till 2004.

Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha had pitched Amitabh Bachchan’s name as the President of India. The BJP leader said it would be a matter of pride of a cultural icon like Amitabh Bachchan was made the country’s president.

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