Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

No blind support for NDA's Prez aspirant

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday stepped up its attack on the BJP and slammed its chief Amit Shah, saying that his party may win in case of snap polls in Maharashtra and also get its presidential nominee elected but wondered whether it would be able to save the day in Kashmir. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and state BJP president Raosaheb Danve accompanied Shah during meeting which was also attended by Sena chief's son and Yuva Sena president Aditya Thackeray. It added, "Shah sought the support of the Shiv Sena for the Presidential polls and reassured Thackeray that the Shiv Sena would be taken into confidence while determining the candidate for the most coveted post in the country". It had backed Congress nominees - Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee - in the last two presidential elections.

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

BJP President said Jana Sangh, on the other hand, always believed in nation first, party second and the person last.

"Whatever has to happen in Maharashtra mid-term polls will happen".

"The chief minister is in favour of the Sena and Amit Shah seems to be on the same page as the CM".

While a host of BJP and Sena leaders were present at the Thackeray home, none of them were part of the meeting. "On the contrary they are supporting it", it said.

However, Shah had said that it was his duty to call on Uddhav since Shiv Sena was one of BJP's oldest allies.

Mumbai, June 19 On a day the BJP announced Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA's presidential choice, its key ally Shiv Sena today refrained from spelling out its stand on backing him, keeping the BJP on tenterhooks. The total value of MP votes of UPA is 10,620. In Maharashtra, Sena has 18 Lok Sabha and three Rajya Sabha MPs with voting value 14,868.

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.

By then, the opposition parties will be told about the NDA candidate.

On the issue of recent loan waiver announced by the government, the BJP president remarked that the financial burden of the loan waiver will be on the government and not on the banks.

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