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RSS may project Mukherjee as PM nominee in 2019: Sena leader

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The RSS may project former as a prime ministerial candidate if the BJP falls short of a majority in the 2019 polls and other parties refuse to back for the post, said here today.

His speculation was, however, refuted by Mukherjee's daughter, who said her father had no plans to return to active

The Sena further said the RSS's agenda behind inviting Mukherjee as the chief guest to one of its event, held in on June 7, would only be clear after the 2019

"The scenario prevalent in the country is such that the BJP will not win a majority in 2019. If there is a fractured mandate and other parties do not support Modi, Mukherjee will be projected as a prime ministerial candidate, who will be acceptable to all," Raut told

Meanwhile, reacting to the Sena leader's statement, the former president's daughter and tweeted: "Mr. Raut, after retiring as of India, my father is NOT going to enter into active again."

Raut said Mukherjee, during his address at the in Nagpur, was expected to speak on serious issues plaguing the country since the former is also an

"did not speak on serious issues plaguing the country. He also did not talk about the unrest in the judiciary. The government has been ineffective on the issues of price rise and unemployment. He did not mention these issues. As an economist, he was expected to speak on them," he added.

The former president's decision to address the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) "Shiksha Varg" and attend the organisation's drill on June 7 did not go down well with the leaders initially, though the party, later, lauded Mukherjee's speech.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 18:50 IST