The Shiv Sena, ruling partner of the BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra, on Thursday said it may take an ‘independent’ stand in the upcoming presidential election. It also said it would continue to press for the candidature of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for the highest office.
“We may take an independent stand over casting our vote in the upcoming presidential election. We have time and again reiterate that we do not find anyone other than (RSS chief) Mohan Bhagwat more capable of fulfilling the Hindu rashtra (nation) dream,” Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.
The party will continue to suggest Bhagwat’s name till the end, Raut, also Rajya Sabha MP, said. Despite being the oldest ally, Shiv Sena had embarrassed BJP in the 2012 presidential poll by backing the UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee while the saffron party supported P A Sangma for the post.