After Shiv Sena
endorsed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's name for presidential nominee, the right-wing organisation on Saturday said the former had dialed a wrong number.
"First of all I thank Shiv Sena
for reposing faith, confidence and trust in Mohan Bhagwat
but it has dialed a wrong number.
The stature of Mohan Bhagwat, his personality and philosophical rule has a civilization and cultural dimension. Therefore, I don't think so that RSS
chief can be a choice for president," RSS
ideologue Rakesh Sinha told ANI
He further said that the RSS
chief had himself rejected the offer while dubbing it as 'good entertainment news.'
"As far as organisation is concerned Bhagwat ji himself said that it is a good entertainment news and his statement encapsulates and ends all the narratives which goes to Sangh headquarters," he added.
Urging the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to name a candidate for the upcoming president
polls, Shiv Sena
leader Sanjay Raut
, "Till now, our opinion has not been sought in the regard. We have heard that the BJP
has constituted a three member committee in the connection."
"What we want is that the BJP
should propose a name then there should be a discussion. Uddhav Thackeray
ji has said that for Shiv Sena Mohan Bhagwat
ji is the deserving candidate for the post of President
of the nation and the party collectively bats for him," he added.
Responding to a poser on Sharad Pawar's candidature for the top post, Thackeray took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president
is his guru, adding it's difficult to guess what is in ones heart.
"Suggested Mohan Bhagwat's name, haven't discussed Sharad Pawar.
Pawar is Modi's guru, can't say what's in one's heart," Thackeray had said.
Pranab Mukherjee's term drawing to a close, there were reports that the RSS
chief was one of the top contenders and Shiv Sena, through its mouthpiece Saamna, also threw its weight behind Bhagwat's name.