New Delhi: Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut said RSS is considering Pranab Mukherjee as PM candidate for 2019 elections in the event of BJP failing to secure requisite numbers. The statement comes in the backdrop of Pranab Mukherjee’s RSS speech from its Nagpur headquarters on June 7.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee on Sunday said her father will “NOT” rejoin active politics after retiring as the President of the country. She was replying to Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut who earlier said that RSS might back Pranab Mukherjee as the Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Earlier, Sharmistha had warned her father not to attend the RSS’ Tritya Varsh Varg (three-year course) saying, “Even RSS wouldn’t believe that u r going 2 endorse its views in ur speech. But the speech will be forgotten, visuals will remain & those will be circulated with fake statements.”
Shiv Sena today said the RSS could pitch Mukherjee as a prime ministerial candidate for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, days after the former President addressed an RSS function at its headquarters in Nagpur.
A day after Pranab Mukherjee delivered the speech, Sharmistha tweeted a morphed picture depicting Pranab Mukherjee taking an RSS salute along with other leaders of the right-wing Hindutva organisation. “See, this is exactly what I was fearing & warned my father about. Not even few hours have passed, but BJP/RSS dirty tricks dept is at work in full swing!,” she said.
Sharmistha Mukherjee made the statement on Twitter in response to a suggestion by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh would pitch Pranab Mukherjee as the prime minister if the Bharatiya Janata Party did not get a majority in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Mr. Raut, after retiring as President of India, my father is NOT going to enter into active politics again https://t.co/WJmmZx5g1y
— Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK) June 10, 2018
The former finance minister in the UPA II government, Pranab Mukherjee was appointed as the 13th President of India in 2012. He retired in 2017