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Shiv Sena dialed 'wrong number' by proposing Bhagwat's name for President: RSS

ANI  |  New Delhi 

After endorsed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's name for presidential nominee, the right-wing organization on Saturday said the former had dialed a wrong number.

"First of all I thank for reposing faith, confidence and in 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 chief can be a choice for president," ideologue Rakesh Sinha told ANI.

He further said that the chief had himself rejected the offer while dubbing it as 'good entertainment news.'

"As far as organization 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.

The earlier on Wednesday said that Bhagwat is the ideal candidate for president.

Urging the (BJP) to name a candidate for the upcoming president polls, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI, "Till now, our opinion has not been sought in the regard. We have heard that the has constituted a three member committee in the connection."

"What we want is that the should propose a name then there should be a discussion. Uddhav Thackeray ji has said that for Shiv Sena ji is the deserving candidate for the post of President of the nation and the party collectively bats for him," he added.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in the past had said he had suggested Bhagwat's name for the post of president.

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 (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.

With President 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.

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First Published: Sat, June 17 2017. 13:28 IST