Speaking to the reporters, CPI leader Sudhakar Reddy said, "On behalf of the three-member committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu met us today after meeting various political parties, but didn't make any particular proposal".
The meeting assumes significance for the BJP as the Shiv Sena is the most vocal critic of the party, the Prime Minister and also Fadnavis.
In itially, Shiv Sena had proposed the name of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as NDA's presidential nominee. 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.
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"Once the names have been suggested, we will finalise our name for the post of president", he said.
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. Shah urged Sena to offer support to presidential candidate. And though the BJP does not have a clear majority in the Assembly and relies on the Shiv Sena, the BJP's electoral performance at various elections in the state have grown from strength to strength, adding to the already simmering tensions within.
The Sena statements came barely 48 hours before a Shah-Thackeray "summit" scheduled for Sunday morning to solicit and secure its support for an NDA candidate for the Rashtrapati Bhavan. "On that, Thackeray said we should decide our candidate and let the Sena know, only then will he extend support", a senior BJP leader said.
The election for the next President of India is to be held on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the office on July 25.
On the recent farm loan waiver announced by the Maharashtra government, Mr. Shah had said through it the state was offering relief to the farmers.