BJP to declare presidential candidate on Tuesday


"You (Shiv Sena) are very much a part of the NDA and must support the NDA nominee and trust the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modiji", Shah reportedly told Uddhav according to a Sena source.

Lasting over an hour at the Thackeray household "Matoshree", the meeting came on the final day of Shah's three-day visit to Maharashtra to mark the third anniversary celebrations of the Modi government completing three years in power.

The BJP Parliamentary Board meeting - which was scheduled to shortlist the candidate for the country's top post today - was attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah. Shah urged Sena to offer support to presidential candidate.

However, Thackeray said he would like to know the name of the ruling party's candidate before deciding on its support in the July 17 presidential election.

"Once the names have been suggested, we will finalise our name for the post of president", he said. We are hopeful of receiving Shiv Sena's support.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut alleged that Kovind's name was not discussed with the allies adding that the part president Thackeray will hold a rally in Mumbai evening to announce the party's decision.

"Nobody should think that they can keep on winning elections all the time".

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In the past, on two occasions, the Shiv Sena had deviated from the NDA line by supporting UPA candidates: in 2007 when Pratibha Patil won the election and in 2012 when incumbent Pranab Mukherjee was elected.

He also dared the BJP to call mid-term polls in Maharashtra and said Fadnavis-led regime would be singed by unrest among farmers. "Just because he was the leader of Dalit Morcha of BJP they have made him the candidate", Mamata said.

Mumbai: As declared on Sunday, a ministerial group has started deliberations with state political leaders and experts on the criteria for waiver of farmers' loans.

Naidu has also spoken to Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav and Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal over phone and met Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Satish Chandra Mishra in this regard.

"We will consult all our allies and then reach a decision on the presidential nominee", he said.

Expressing serious concerns over the renewed spate of terror in J&K and the violence revived in West Bengal's Darjeeling, the Sena said these heavenly places on earth are now passing through a bad spell, but "some people" are more eager about winning mid-term elections in Maharashtra.