Published: Пн, Июня 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Presidential polls: Shiv Sena refuses blanket support to NDA

The closed-door meeting at Matoshree, Bandra (east) between the BJP and Sena leaders went on for an hour. "He will be addressing three to four meetings", Raut said. "Be assured that the candidate will be one, agreeable to all".

Shah is expected to mollify Thackeray and ensure his support for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate in the upcoming presidential election. It has also suggested RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat be field for the post. "The CM should intervene in this issue and should urge the RBI to accept old currency", added the Sena minister.

The separatists in West Bengal are heavily armed and get support from various quarters, though Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is trying her best by inviting them for talks, the Sena said. It has kept BJP guessing about whether it will extend support to the NDA nominee.

Founded on July 19, 1966, the Shiv Sena is celebrating its foundation day on Monday.

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. Several Sena leaders said that this was also the time when it could renegotiate its role in the NDA.

Shah defended the approach of his party in meeting opposition leaders over presidential election without proposing a name.

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Later, state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve attempted so soothe ruffled feathers on both sides, saying Fadnavis did not mean mid-term elections will be held but merely the BJP as a party was ready for it.

"If we want to make India a "Hindu Rashtra", then Bhagwat is our first choice, first preference".

This was the Sena's latest move to embarrass its warring partner, the BJP.

With the Sena realising how much the BJP needs it for July's presidential polls, the saffron party is pushing for a hard bargain.

Kovind also used to lead a BJP unit that represents Dalits, a community at the bottom of the traditional caste hierarchy of Hinduism. "He should be made aware that the Sena already holds a Guinness record and we are proud of it", Kayande told news agency PTI. It is a numbers game and we need the Sena.

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