Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat put an end to the speculation surrounding the upcoming presidential election, saying that he is not in the contention for the country’s top post.
“The news about me, being a nominee for the upcoming Presidential elections is not true. The report that the media is running is entertainment news,” he said.
He asserted that his name would not come up for the President’s post and even if it is proposed, he “will not accept it”.
“When we joined the Sangh, we closed doors for all other possibilities. We work only for the Sangh and the society, and my name would not come up for the President’s post,” he 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. “Somebody with a clean image should occupy it. We have heard that Mohan Bhagwat’s name is being discussed for President. If India has to be made a Hindu Rashtra, Bhagwat will be a good choice for President,” said the Sena’s Sanjay Raut.
The Congress, however, had rejected the suggestion and said the party would come out with its candidate after holding internal discussions as it is opposed to the saffron ideology.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to host a dinner for all NDA MPs, a move aimed at seeking their support for the NDA Presidential candidate.
But in the political circles, Shiv Sena’s move was being seen largely in the context of the intermittent but continual brinkmanship between the two parties which recently fought a bitter political battle in BMC election.
Though an ally of the BJP, has in the last two years not lost any opportunity to attack is senior partner- both in Maharashtra and Delhi.