BJP Parliamentary Board to meet today; final decision on Presidential nominee likely

Ivan Schwartz
June 19, 2017

Shah is slated to meet Thackeray on Sunday morning in Mumbai and discuss issues including the candidate for the President's election.

Urging the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to name a candidate for the upcoming president polls, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI, "Till now, our opinion has not been sought in the regard". He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would decide the name of the candidate. The tug of war between both the parties continued as Sena asked BJP to choose either RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and Agriculture Expert MS Swaminathan or nominate a candidate of their choose for the president's post. Shah and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had a closed door meeting with Uddhav and his son Aaditya for close to an hour.

Other Sena leaders and BJP state President Raosaheb Patil-Danve stayed out of the 75-minute meeting.

With Amit Shah kicking off his 95-day nation wide tour with Mumbai, it'll be interesting to see BJP thwart the challenges ahead of it, the primary being the Presidential election.

The BJP chief, however, reportedly enjoys cordial relations with Thackeray. Sources said the two leaders spoke about the Presidential election scheduled next month.

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Mumbai: BJP president Amit Shah today ruled out resumption of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan anytime soon, saying the two countries would continue to play against each other in worldwide tournaments. According to the source, during the meeting Shah appealed to the Sena to support the BJP's nominee for the president's post.

The Shiv Sena had earlier said it may choose an "independent" path in the election to the highest constitutional office.

The letter is quite humorous, as it says, "We would like to register a record on his (Uddhav Thackeray) behalf, "for announcing number of times that his party Shiv Sena would withdraw their support from the Maharashtra government".

The latest Sena-BJP tussle over a complete farm loan waiver has recast the spotlight on the seemingly irreconcilable differences between the two key players.

The meeting was part of the BJP's strategy to evolve a consensus among all political parties over the Presidential polls and to ensure the support of its oldest ally, the Shiv Sena, for the NDA nominee.

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