All eyes on Shiv Sena meeting over Kovind

The BJP leaders indicated that they would get in touch with the Sena, once there is some consensus on the presidential nominee within the BJP.

The BJP today named Dalit leader and Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA's candidate for the post of president.

Besides, he will meet leaders of the allies including Thackeray with whom he is expected to discuss and solicit Shiv Sena support for the upcoming Presidential elections.

With Amit Shah kicking off his 95-day nation wide tour with Mumbai, it'll be interesting to see BJP thwart the challenges ahead of it, the primary being the Presidential election.

In an effort to soothe the relationship between the two parties, Danve said the BJP does not want midterm polls but, if the elections are held, it is ready to face it.

According to sources, Amit Shah informed Uddhav Thackeray that nearly all allies of NDA have assigned powers to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to finalise the name of candidate for presidential polls. "We do not support this", he said. "But since they have chosen some other name, the party will convey to the BJP our decision soon", Raut said.

President Amit Shah arrived on a highly anticipated three-day visit to the city on Friday, the highlight of which will be a meeting with ally Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray.

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The Shiv Sena had earlier said it may choose an "independent" path in the election to the highest constitutional office.

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

In fact, on at least two previous occasions, the Sena had jolted the NDA by supporting Congress nominees - former President Pratibha Patil in 2009 and later current President Pranab Mukherjee in 2012.

"Our biggest achievement is ending communalism, dynastic rule and appeasement (politics)", he said.

Shah told Uddhav that once the BJP finalises a candidate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would speak to him (Uddhav).

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". It has kept BJP guessing about whether it will extend support to the NDA nominee.

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