Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut pitches for second term for President Pranab Mukherjee

Sanjay Raut said he will meet Mukherjee next week, insisting he has proved to be "best President" and that nobody can doubt his capabilities.

Published: October 14, 2016 7:09 pm
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Ruling NDA constituent Shiv Sena on Friday pitched for a second term for President Pranab Mukherjee even as the Congress said the party high command will take a call on it. Sena leader Sanjay Raut said he will meet Mukherjee next week, insisting he has proved to be “best President” and that nobody can doubt his capabilities. “In the last five years, he has shown that he is a capable and a non-controversial President, who is well-versed in national and international affairs,” Raut, Shiv Sena’s leader in the Rajya sabha, said.

“We will let you know. We don’t know what Shiv Sena has said. The party high command has to take a call on this,” Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza said when asked whether her party will back Mukherjee, a former Congressman, for a second term.

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Asked whether the Shiv Sena, which is a key constituent of the BJP-led NDA and the oldest ideological ally of the saffron party, would appeal to other parties for backing Mukherjee for a second term, Raut said, it is a decision which only party chief Uddhav Thackeray can take.

“Uddhav Thackeray too has a lot of respect and affection for Pranab Mukherjee,” he said.

Raut, who is the executive editor of Shiv Sena’s mouthpeice Saamna, said, “Just like his party appreciated the surgical strikes by the armed forces and congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, similarly, we are appreciating the good work of the President.”

The comments from Raut, Shiv Sena’s most visible public face, come at a time when the party’s ties with BJP, with which it shares power both in Maharashtra and at the Centre, are under strain.

During run-up to the Presidential polls, Mukherjee had visited Matoshree, the residence of the Thackerays, to garner support for his candidature. The Sena, under Bal Thackeray’s leadership, had broken ranks with BJP to support Mukherjee’s presidential candidature in 2012.

Mukherjee’s current term ends on July 25 next year and, according to reports, the Rashtrapati Bhawan has approached the government to find a suitable accomodation for him in Lutyen’s bungalow zone.

Barring the first President of India Dr Rajendra Prasad, none of his successors has had a second term in Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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  1. P
    Oct 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm
    Who is this guy .The people choice is a Big No. A congress crook, wipe them out clean, all these jee's are fraudsters. No more anti India politicians are here for their to benefit, let them lick dust, public money and extravagance is no more.
    1. G
      Oct 14, 2016 at 4:13 pm
      In Chennai when SADASIVAM was appointed as THEIF JUSTICE OF INDIA, there were house banners congratulating him put up by;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Nothing surprising for a life long political THIEF to ask somebody to raise voice for second term. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;After all is t the life time achieved political thief has been very amenable for BJP's Israel likking policy?
      1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
        Oct 14, 2016 at 3:06 pm
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          Dev Verma
          Oct 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm
          It depends on government and Sanjay Raut is no one to propose and better leave it when time comes. He is very famous posing his nose in others affair.
          1. B
            Oct 14, 2016 at 9:10 pm
            I will do my best, if you offer me the position.
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