MUMBAI: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat would be the best choice as a presidential candidate, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has said.
"We have Narendra Modi--a staunch Hindu--as our Prime Minister. Uttar Pradesh, the largest State has a strong believer of Hindutva ideology in Adityanath as the Chief Minister. Hence to propagate Hindutva ideology further, RSS Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat would be the best presidential candidate," Shiv Sena spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said here while speaking to journalists here on Monday.
However, Raut also made it clear that any decision regarding extending support to any of the presidential candidates would be taken by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and none else.
"President's position is the highest in the country. Somebody with a clean image should occupy it. We have heard Bhagwat's name is being discussed for the position," Raut said.
Raut, however, avoided direct reply to questions regarding the dinner invitation to Uddhav Thackeray by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Meanwhile, revenue minister Chandrakant Patil cleared air over reports that at least two senior BJP ministers are likely visit Matoshree to meet Uddhav Thackeray in an attempt to defuse the prevailing tension between the BJP and the Shiv Sena.
"I am not saying we will not or cannot visit Matoshree. But, no such visit has been planned. There is no reason for such a visit," Patil said when asked about his proposed Matoshree visit.