Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Presidential Election 2017: BJP Parliamentary board to discuss Presidential nominee

Clearing the air on cricketing ties between the two neighbours, he said it was all right for them to play in worldwide tourneys, but not on each others' soil. He, however, did not elaborate on what the solution to the vexed issue could be.

"Sports and terrorism can not go hand in hand", he added. BJP Parliamentary Board meeting to begin soon.

Even as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah met Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at the latter's residence in suburban Mumbai and sought Shiv Sena's support for National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) candidate, the party remained non-committal. The Sena has put the BJP in a fix, after it suggested Mr Bhagwat and Mr Swaminathan (aka father of the Green Revolution) for the President's post. "We are more anxious about what will happen to Kashmir and Darjeeling, which is burning owing to violence, rather than a mid-term election", read the Shiv Sena's editorial.

In fact, on at least two previous occasions, the Sena had jolted the NDA by supporting Congress nominees - former President Pratibha Patil in 2009 and later current President Pranab Mukherjee in 2012.

According to sources, Amit Shah informed Uddhav Thackeray that nearly all allies of NDA have assigned powers to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to finalise the name of candidate for presidential polls. He said if BJP proposed a name to them, there would not be discussion.

Most opposition parties - including the Congress, the Left Front and the Trinamool Congress - are waiting for the BJP to name its candidate.

"If you have any names in mind, please give it to me". "We will discuss the government decision in detail and take an unanimous decision".

The meeting was part of the BJP's strategy to evolve a consensus among all political parties over the Presidential polls and to ensure the support of its oldest ally, the Shiv Sena, for the NDA nominee. "But, if the situation arises, we will not run away from the battleground and contest the election and win it".

Fadnavis made the remarks in reference to reports speculating mid-term polls in Maharashtra amid farmers' stir seeking loan waiver in view of the agrarian crisis.

"A loan waiver has been announced now".

"The NPAs that are largely talked about are the ones we have inherited from the previous government".

Maharashtra's agriculture growth rate was in negative (minus 8 per cent) a few years back.

According to the 2014 agreement, India were scheduled to play six series against Pakistan, four of them were going to be Pakistan's home series, subject to clearance from the Government of India.

The Mumbai visit is part of the country-wide tour programme undertaken by Shah from April to September, party sources said.

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