Former Union Railways Minister Jaffer Sharief, who is one of the senior most leaders of Congress party from Karnataka, has seemingly joined the Sangh bandwagon saying that he believes RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be a good choice for the post of President, saying there “should not be any doubt about his patriotism”. Sharief has reportedly written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi backing Bhagwat as the first citizen of India.
“There are different schools of thought in India and it is but natural for such a vast country. . Mohan Bhagwat may belong to one school of thought but there should not be any doubt about his patriotism, love for the people of India and loyalty to the nation,” Sharief’s letter stated.
I personally feel that nobody should find fault with Bhagwat’s name being considered as a choice for the Presidentship of our countryJaffer Sharief, Senior Congress Leader
Sharief’s letter further states that those who oppose Bhagwat should show a “large heart” and should not doubt someone “as long as he works under the constitution.”
“As a Muslim and person belonging to a minority community of India, I feel that the minorities should not have any fear or crisis of confidence in Bhagwat’s name being considered,” his letter added.
Why anyone should now become small and narrow-minded to say that we have no faith and confidence in an India, who is patriot and who is wedded to democracy and also working for the welfare of the peopleJaffer Sharief, Senior Congress Leader
However Sharief has apparently contradicted the Congress party’s official stance. Congress has made it clear that it would block any move to make Bhagwat next President. “It is very clear that we do not support RSS ideology and when it comes to appointing our President, at the right time, we will, of course, have our own internal discussion first and then shar,” Congress spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi had said.
Talks about Bhagwat as the president have emerged after Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had said Bhagwat will be a good choice for President if India has to be made a ‘Hindu Rashtra’. However, the RSS chief had last week responded that he works in Sangh Parivar and even if the proposition reaches him, he will not accept it.
Current President Pranab Mukherjee, who assumed the office on 25 July 2012, will be leaving the office on 25 July this year.