After Sena, Cong leader Sharief backs Mohan Bhagwat for President

After Sena, Cong leader Sharief backs Mohan Bhagwat for President

BENGALURU: Congress leader C K Jaffer Sharief has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi backing RSS chief Mohan Bhag­wat as the President of India, saying there is no doubt on his “patriotism and commitment to the Constitution.”
In his letter, written on March 29, the former Railway minister said, “I personally feel that nobody should find fault with Shri Mohan Bhagwat’s name being considered as a choice for the Presidentship of our country.”
He said one should not make an issue by opposing Bhagwat’s name for the President’s post because he is a “patriot, wedded to democracy” and working for the welfare of the people.
The Shiv Sena has recently suggested that Bhagwat be made the next President, but the Congress came out against the suggestion as the party “opposed the saffron ideology” and said it would come out with its own candidate after holding internal discussions. To a question that his stance on Bhagwat may be at variance from that of the Congress, Sharief over the phone said his support for Mohan Bhag­wat is a matter of “principle”.
“Whoever becomes the President will have to function according to the Constitution. What is wrong if Bhagwat be­comes the President and works according to the Constitution,” he asked. President Pranab Mukherjee’s term is drawing to a close, and there has been specu­lation about Bhagwat’s candi­dature for the top post. The RSS chief however had dismissed such reports.
Sharief said minorities should not have any fear or cri­sis of confidence over Bhagwat’s name being considered for the coveted post.
He also backed Modi’s sugges­tion for simultaneous elections for Parliament and Assemblies, saying different elections with different timings cause needless strain on the exchequer and hin­der the progress of the country.

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