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Amit Shah meets Uddhav Thackeray

20 June 2017

He, however, did not elaborate on what the solution to the vexed issue could be. "BJP and PDP are working on some solutions and the change will be seen soon".

Barely a day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and BJP President Amit Shah met here, the Shiv Sena on Monday launched a fresh attack on its ally - this time for the grim situation in Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal. In the past two presidential elections, Shiv Sena did not back the NDA candidate and supported Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee, respectively.

Sena leaders said that with Shah's visit to Matoshree, Uddhav was likely to support an NDA candidate, provided the Sena is kept in the loop about the nomination. To this, the Sena chief said they would take a call on support after the BJP reveals its choice for president, the source said. The BJP is seeking opinions from all parties on the names of possible candidates for the President's post. Then there will not be any scope for discussion. "The alliance with Sena is not a compulsion for us and we are not tolerating them", said Shah.

Earlier, there were unconfirmed reports that the BJP was considering Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, tribal leader Draupadi Murmu and "Metro man" E Sreedharan for the top post.

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

BJP continued its efforts to reach out to various political parties to widen its support base for the presidential election, with the three-member panel of Union ministers talking to the ruling NDA members Shiv Sena and LJP, as well as other parties such as the SP, TMC and BJD, which may back the ruling party candidate.

"Amit Shah says Maharashtra Government will last its five-year term. But, if the situation arises, we will not run away from the battleground and contest the election and win it". On the recent farm loan waiver announced by the Maharashtra government, Shah had said through it the state was offering relief to farmers.

"The burden of loan waiver will be on the Government and not banks", he had said.

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Thackeray reportedly disagreed with Shah's suggestion during their meeting on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi be given the authority to choose the NDA nominee.

Under Modi, he said, India had become the world's fastest growing major economy.

"Sunday's meeting shows that the BJP's national leadership is on the same page as Fadnavis and wants the Sena to sail along".

"India has emerged as a global leader on the issue of climate change, as seen at the Paris deliberations", Shah said. "This is a big victory for the CM", the functionary said.

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