Uddhav, Aditya Thackeray meet Amit Shah, Fadnavis

Posted June 22, 2017

Shah arrived here on Friday, a much-anticipated three-day visit to Mumbai, the highlight of which will be a meeting with ally Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday morning.

The meeting assumes significance for the BJP as the Shiv Sena is the most vocal critic of the party, the Prime Minister and also its Maharashtra alliance partner Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 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.

"If they have declared Kovind's name for getting Dalit votes, then we are not interested".

Shah urged Sena to offer support to presidential candidate.

According to reports, the BJP committee is holding discussions with all parties as they are trying to finalise a consensus candidate for presidential poll before Prime Minister Modi departs for foreign tour on June 24.

In an effort to soothe the relationship between the two parties, Danve said the BJP does not want midterm polls but, if the elections are held, it is ready to face it. The BJP president urged the Sena to support an NDA nominee for the president's post.

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The development comes a day after BJP party president Amit Shah met Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai on Sunday.

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

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.

If the Sena weighs in with support for the Opposition candidate, then any rationale for remaining in the NDA at the Centre or in a post-poll partnership with the BJP in Maharashtra just ceases to exist.

In the past two presidential polls, Sena broke ranks with NDA and backed Congress' Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil.

He said that the party fully supports the farmers' agitation and it is continuously monitoring the implementation of farm loan waiver package announced by the Fadnavis government. Senior Congress leaders could meet under the chairmanship of Sonia Gandhi if BJP announces its candidature today.