Presidential Elections 2017: Sena votes for ‘Hindutva rubber stamp’ at Rashtrapati Bhavan
The Shiv Sena, which has consistently been pushing for RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as the next president, today said a “Hindutva rubber stamp” should be installed at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Sena, the BJP’s oldest ally, said the nation needs a person who can make India a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ and resolve issues like the “Ram mandir” and Article 370.
“So far, rubber stamps with secular credentials resided at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Now, to resolve the issues of Ram Mandir, Uniform Civil Code and Article 370 of the Constitution, it is required that a Hindutva rubber stamp assumes the post of president,” an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece Saamana said.
The Sena has repeatedly said that its choice for the the highest office is the RSS chief.
Bhagwat, 66, however, has said he is not interested in the president’s post.
With the presidential contest, if required, scheduled to be held on July 17, the BJP is hopeful of securing the support of the Sena’s contingent of 18 MPs and 63 MLAs.
The BJP’s oldest pro-Hindutva ally has been playing hardball over the issue so far.
It said that according to calculations on paper, 23 constituents of the NDA have 48% vote share for the president’s post among themselves while the …read more