Presidential elections: BJP President Amit Shah meets Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv 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, as its presidential choice

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai | Updated: June 18, 2017 3:26 pm
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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday received BJP national president Amit Shah and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Matoshree, his residence in Bandra, and held a close-door meeting that lasted for nearly 75 minutes. Sources told The Indian Express that the BJP sought Sena’s support for its candidate ahead of the upcoming presidential elections. The meeting was said to be cordial, and issues such as the farmer loan waivers and the strain in the Sena-BJP relations were discussed, sources added. BJP’s state unit chief Raosaheb Danve was a notable absentee at the meeting.

The meeting comes a day after the BJP chief, who is here on a three-day visit to strengthen the party organisation in the state, said his party would consult its allies before finalising the NDA’s presidential candidate.

Shiv 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, as its presidential choice. The Shiv Sena had earlier said it may choose an “independent” path in the election to the highest constitutional office. It had backed Congress nominees –Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee — in the last two presidential elections. Asked about Fadnavis’ remark that the BJP was prepared for snap Assembly election, in an apparent reference to continued strain in ties with the Shiv Sena, Shah earlier said, “What he meant was that if mid-term polls are forced on us, we are ready to fight.”

On the recent farm loan waiver announced by the Maharashtra government, Shah had said through it the state was offering relief to the farmers. “The burden of loan waiver will be on the government and not banks,” he had said.

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    SK Gupta
    Jun 19, 2017 at 5:58 am
    Your picture shows Raosaheb Danve Was present!!
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      Ashu
      Jun 19, 2017 at 3:31 am
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          Surinder
          Jun 18, 2017 at 8:17 pm
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              Jun 18, 2017 at 9:24 pm
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                Faku Faking
                Jun 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm
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                  Abdul Jamal
                  Jun 18, 2017 at 11:49 pm
                  The church run by child molester Pope is racist mafia of white men who slaves children and brown people. TOLEDO, Ohio -- The FBI has arrested a Toledo Christian church’s pastor and another Christian priest on charges of secsx trafficking of children. Cordell Jenkins, 46, and Anthony Haynes, 37, were taken into custody by FBI agents at their Toledo homes early on Friday morning, CBS affiliate WTOL-TV reports. Jenkins is the Christian pastor of Abundant Life Ministries church in Toledo, WTOL-TV reports. Haynes rented a space at the University Bible Fellowship as the pastor of Greater Life Christian Center until 2016. FBI agents continue to search Abundant Life Ministries, where Jenkins’ is the founder and pastor. Federal do ents accuse the men of recruiting, enticing and transporting people they knew were under 18 to engage in secsx acts for pay. An agent’s criminal complaint says the alleged activity started three years ago with a girl who was then 14.
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                Ramesh Nittoor
                Jun 18, 2017 at 7:29 pm
                After associating its Hindutva politics strongly with its cultural twin of RSS, Shiv Sena has made its next move to reflect upon recent farm unrest with its proposed choice for 1925 born Dr. M S Swaminathan. This may be smart politics but is it deeply thought out and for real impact politics? Anyway, it is a positive proposal, which highlights a genuine priority concern. The mainstream issues for India is what Prez Kalam said and which PM Modi has so far adhered to, is politics of development. Hope a consensus choice with seriousness of purpose emerges to reflect the consensus over various policies in Indian polity, thereby make Indian transformation tangible to common man.
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                  Jun 18, 2017 at 6:37 pm
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                    venkataraman swaminathan
                    Jun 18, 2017 at 6:18 pm
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