Amit Shah to meet 'opposing' ally Uddhav Thackeray

Presidential polls: Amit Shah meets Shiv Sena chief Uddhav ThackerayAmid reports of sharp differences between BJP and ally Shiv Sena over the presidential poll, a senior BJP member said that Sena would support NDA in the elections, to be held in mid-July. State BJP president Raosaheb Dance was also kept out.

On Saturday while speaking to newspersons over the Chief Ministers remarks on "mid-term polls", BJP president Amit Shah argued that what Fadnavis meant was that if the mid-term polls are forced on us (BJP) then we (BJP) are ready to fight. Sources said that Mr Thackeray has refused to extend a blanket support to the BJP candidate without knowing who it is.

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.

The BJP chief, however, reportedly enjoys cordial relations with Thackeray.

After a round of talks with the opposition, the BJP has called a meeting of its Parliamentary Party today to discuss its Presidential candidate.

"If we suggest a name of the candidate then they (opposition) will think that the name has already been finalised".

Ram Nath Kovind is likely to file his papers on June 23, BJP president Amit Shah said after a almost two-hour meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board.

Only last week, the Sena claimed that it could take an independent line on presidential elections, creating a flutter in the BJP.

In the Presidential polls of 2007 and 2012, the Sena deviated from the NDA to vote for the Congress nominees: Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee respectively. "The burden of loan waiver will be on the government and not banks".

On the recent farm loan waiver announced by the Maharashtra government, Mr. Shah had said through it the state was offering relief to the farmers. "It was a very positive meeting and sent a signal that the Sena is very much part of the NDA despite its frequent outbursts", a BJP functionary said.

He further said that the RSS chief had himself rejected the offer while dubbing it as 'good entertainment news'.

The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, that is more than 25 years old, has been facing a rough patch for quite sometime.

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