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

Sena to hold meeting to decide on NDA's Prez nominee

Though Shah did not disclose the names of any candidate for the post of President, he sought Thackeray's support for the NDA nominee which might be announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later on Tuesday.

BJP chief Amit Shah met Shiv Sena head Uddhav Thackeray at the latter's residence in Mumbai to discuss the presidential polls.

Sources said Uddhav pressed for RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's candidature and told Shah that if Bhagwat wasn't willing or wasn't picked, farm scientist MS Swaminathan should be considered. BJP leaders are meeting leaders of various political parties to reach a consensus on presidential nominee. "Since no names were given from the government side and since no names are being given, there is no question of any discussion and cooperation", Ghulam Nabi Azad told IANS. The meeting comes a day after the BJP chief, who is here on a three-day visit to strengthen the party organisation in the state, said his party would consult its allies before finalising the NDA's presidential candidate.

Both ministers will also hold separate consultations with Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury in the afternoon, today.

Talking to a Marathi news channel recently, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had suggested that the Shiv Sena would withdraw support to the government if the loan waiver was not announced.

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. Sena had supported the recent farmers' agitation in Maharashtra, despite being a part of the government.

Speaking at an "opinion-makers meet" attended by with a select group of city residents from various sectors on Sunday, Mr. Shah said his party has been pro-free trade and free agriculture policy since inception. "Shah took the view that despite differences, we have to take all our NDA partners along", the BJP member said.

To placate agitating farmers and control the situation on ground, the Maharashtra government on Sunday declared waiver of farmers' loans.

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