BJP, Sena spar with each other ahead of Amit Shah-Thackeray meet

BJP, Sena spar with each other ahead of Amit Shah-Thackeray meet”

The BJP on Sunday stepped up its efforts to gather support for its unnamed Presidential nominee, with its top leaders talking to allies Shiv Sena and LJP as well as the Trinamool Congress and BJD, even as it disclosed that the NDA candidate will file the nomination before June 24 after the opposition is conveyed its choice.

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

In the past, the Shiv Sena had deviated from supporting NDA candidates on at least two occasions - during the elections of former President Pratibha Patil and later the current President Pranab Mukherjee for whom it pitched for a second term.

However, he said a final decision on the BJP candidate would be taken at a meeting of party leaders here scheduled for Tuesday.

Thackeray also took on BJP chief Amit Shah and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for their statements on the BJP's readiness for midterm polls in Maharashtra.

In the run-up to the Presidential elections, the Shiv Sena initially proposed the name of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and then agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan. I said we are ready for mid-term polls.

Over a possible announcement of candidates for the upcoming Presidential polls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will hold a parliamentary board meeting headed by Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi at around 12 noon today, reported ANI.

In the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, the BJP has 122 MLAs and claims to have support of some more MLAs.

Against the backdrop of a speculation that mid-term polls could be in offing in Maharashtra, he said Sena is not unduly anxious about the snap polls, but is more concerned about suicides being committed by farmers. They said that when they decide, they will come back to us with a proposal. He added that the party had pushed Bhagwat's name to accomplish the idea of a "Hindu Rashtra" and push legislation like the Uniform Civil Code and that of Swaminathan to ensure farmers' welfare. "Shivsainik is not just a burning ember, but will rise like a forest fire", Thackeray said.

"No political party should think that it is going to win every election.The situation in the state is fast changing". If anyone is so boisterous then let them hold mid-term elections. "Be liberal in giving aid to farmers", he said.

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