Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Amit Shah Likely To Meet Shiv Sena Supremo Uddhav Thackeray


"Amit Shah called up Uddhavji after the NDA's presidential candidate was decided in the BJP's Parliamentary Board meeting".

He was received at the Mumbai airport by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his cabinet members, BJP state President Raosaheb Danve, BJP city chief Ashish Shelar, party MPs and MLAs, and a massive crowd of enthusiastic party activists.

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday maintained his party's aggressive stance on the issue of the Presidential polls at the much awaited meeting with BJP President Amit Shah here on Sunday.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said party President Uddhav Thackeray will hold a rally in Mumbai evening to announce the party's decision.

"The Shiv Sena is not interested in the presidential election if you are going to field a candidate only because he belongs to the Dalit community". Sena had supported the recent farmers' agitation in Maharashtra, despite being a part of the government.

The Prime Minister said that Kovind will make an exceptional President and continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised.

"I am not saying that the Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is unfit to be the President".

Earlier, there were unconfirmed reports that the BJP was considering Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, tribal leader Draupadi Murmu and "Metro man" E Sreedharan for the top post. Amit Shah says they will form the government. Sources said that Mr Thackeray has refused to extend a blanket support to the BJP candidate without knowing who it is. The BJP takes Sena's suggestion of Bhagwat's name for Presidential election as "mischievous" with the intention to provoke the ruling party at the Centre. "Just because he was the leader of Dalit Morcha of BJP they have made him the candidate", Mamata said.

"Whatever has to happen in Maharashtra mid-term polls will happen".

The elected representatives - all whom will vote in the election - will sign the papers nominating the NDA candidate. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah and Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj are present at the meeting.

Raote said that he met Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil in this regard and will also meet chief minister Fadnavis.

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