I am not in race for next President, says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

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Mumbai : Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday cleared the picture about being the candidate of next President of India. The RSS chief rejected BJP ally Shiv Sena's proposal.

Rejecting the Maharashtra-based party's proposal, Bhagwat said in Nagpur, ''I am not in race for President.''


"There are some rumours in the media about me wanting to become president. That is never going to happen. I am here to work for RSS. I had already closed all doors myself before joining RSS. The rumours spread by the media will always remain rumours. Even if my name crops up, hypothetically, I will never accept it," Bhagwat told.

Shiv Sena, which is known for its pro-Hindutva stand, had urged Narendra Modi-led government to consider Bhagwat's name for President's job.

The presidential election is due in July. The Presidential elections will be held in July when President Pranab Mukherjee will complete his term.


According to reports, names of Sushma Swaraj, Sumitra Mahajan and LK Advani are also being considered by the BJP for the President's job.