Presidential polls 2017: Amit Shah, Fadnavis meet Uddhav Thackeray

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

The BJP chief's upcoming meeting with Thackeray assumes significance as Shiv Sena has threatened to take an "independent stand" in the presidential election and also in wake of the ongoing war of words between allies over issues like farm loan waiver and the possibility of snap polls in Maharashtra.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has reportedly told BJP's Amit Shah to declare a candidate for the presidential polls before seeking his party's 25,000 votes. Apart from Uddhav, Shah's closed-door meeting in Matoshree, the Thackeray home in suburban Bandra, also included CM Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav's son Aaditya Thackeray.

Shah, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, visited Thackeray's residence Matoshree and held a close-door meeting, which started which lasted for almost 75 minutes.

However, he added that "we are also known as a "Krishi pradhan desh" and hence it is appropriate that we have a person like Swaminathan" as President.Earlier, party MP Sanjay Raut demanded that Swaminathan's name be considered for President if the BJP was not ready for nominating Bhagwat. However, no name was discussed by either side for the top Constitutional post.

Congress, after the meeting of its party president Sonia Gandhi and BJP leaders Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu, said that the ruling party did not place any name of its nominee, forcing Congress to rule out any cooperation on a consensus. In the past two presidential elections, Shiv Sena did not back the NDA candidate and supported Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee, respectively. Shah, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, visited Thackeray's residence "Matoshree" and held a close-door meeting, which started around 10 am and lasted almost 75 minutes.

"The Sena will not give a blanket support to BJP candidate", the source said. As per a report, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to chair the Crucial BJP meet in Delhi.

The Sena said that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was openly supporting "youth attacking" soldiers and was blaming jawans for the present situation in Kashmir.

"Amit Shah says Maharashtra Government will last its five-year term".

Raote said farmers at the local level would not be able to raise money for sowing and other family activities until the cooperative banks get their old notes exchanged.

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