BJP steps up campaign for its presidential nominee
22 June, 2017, 05:53 | Author: Essie Rivera
The meeting assumes significance for the BJP as the Shiv Sena is the most vocal critic of the party, the Prime Minister and also its Maharashtra alliance partner Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Lasting over an hour at the Thackeray household "Matoshree", the meeting came on the final day of Shah's three-day visit to Maharashtra to mark the third anniversary celebrations of the Modi government completing three years in power.
"What we want is that the BJP should propose a name then there should be a discussion".
Shah had on Sunday met its sulking ally and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aditya Thackerey in Mumbai to ensure the Sena's crucial support.
"I would like to register a record on behalf of Shiv Sena party chief Uddhav Thackeray".
BJP and allied MPs are being called to Delhi by Tuesday to sign the nomination papers. According to the source, during the meeting Shah appealed to the Sena to support the BJP's nominee for the president's post. "But since they have chosen some other name, the party will convey to the BJP our decision soon", Raut said.
BJP President Amit Shah arrives at party headquarters for BJP Parliamentary Board meeting scheduled to take place at 12 noon in Delhi to discuss its nominee for the upcoming Presidential elections.
As the war between Shiv Sena and BJP has intensified after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections this February, the opposition is leaving no stone unturned to make the most of the situation.
Having been tight-lipped so far, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary board will meet on Monday to finalize their presidential candidate to succeed President Pranab Mukherjee. While Bhagwat himself refused to take up the country's top job, Swaminathan was not keeping good health, Shah is said to have told Uddhav. "In the current scenario, the Sena is still out safest bet for a stable state government", a senior BJP minister said.
He said political parties had been informed of the NDA's choice.
Shah said the Modi government brought an end to politics of appeasement and dynastic rule.
BJP does not, in the arithmetic as has now developed, need Sena's support for the NDA, with Telangana Rashtra Samiti, AIADMK, and the YSR Congress pledging support, has improved its chances.
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