BJP to declare presidential candidate on Tuesday


The Sena meeting comes a day after Thackeray accused the BJP of playing Dalit vote-bank politics and of fielding Kovind merely to capture Dalit votes.

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.

"The Chief Minister is in favour of the Sena, and Amit Shah seems to be on the same page".

Thackeray said the Sena had recommended and supported Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's name because "Hindustan is a Hindu nation" and there was nobody better than Bhagwat to represent this identity.

"The Shiv Sena is not interested in the presidential election if you are going to field a candidate only because he belongs to the Dalit community".

The party has given certain suggestions, including fielding a politician acceptable across a broad spectrum, while indicating that it is open to supporting NDA, the people cited earlier said.

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The Sena statements came barely 48 hours before a Shah-Thackeray "summit" scheduled for Sunday morning to solicit and secure its support for an NDA candidate for the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Sena, which has often been critical of the BJP and the Modi government, recently suggested the name of M S Swaminathan, the father of India's Green Revolution, for President.

On the issue of stone-pelting in Darjeeling and demand for Gorkhaland, the editorial said: "One may have political differences with (West Bengal Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee but nobody should try to take political advantage of the situation there".

This was the Sena's latest move to embarrass its warring partner, the BJP. This is the first time the top leader of ruling BJP has clearly spelt their stand on sporting ties with the neighbouring country.

"The party president (Uddhav) would be touring the state in July".

"We need the Sena for the presidential polls. We didn't expect this from them", said Azad. The CM looks totally in command in the state and has convinced the BJP leadership about why it is important to keep the Sena in good humour at least for now. "If they do not do so, a big step will be taken next month", he is reported to have said.