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Sena to hold meeting to decide on NDA's Prez nominee

Sena to hold meeting to decide on NDA's Prez nominee

Presidential polls: Amit Shah meets Shiv Sena chief Uddhav ThackerayAmid reports of sharp differences between BJP and ally Shiv Sena over the presidential poll, a senior BJP member said that Sena would support NDA in the elections, to be held in mid-July.

The Shiv Sena on Friday said it would recommend eminent Agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan's name for the highest post if the BJP was not ready for the RSS chief's candidature.

In the same breath, Sena President Uddhav Thackeray also said that if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President has a good candidate, his party (Sena) would give it a thought.

Thackeray told Shah on Sunday that the Sena would take a decision only after the BJP's nominee for the Presidential election was named.

On two previous occasions, the Shiv Sena has parted the with National Democratic Alliance and supported United Progressive Alliance candidates: in 2007 when Pratibha Patil won the election and in 2012 when incumbent Pranab Mukherjee was elected.

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 meeting will take place at the Thackeray residence, "Matoshri" in Bandra east during the three-day visit of Amit Shah to Mumbai to celebrate the BJP's three years in power at the Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shah and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had a closed door meeting with Uddhav and his son Aaditya for close to an hour.

Nominations close on June 28 and the electoral college would hold a vote, should one be required, on July 17, according to the Election Commission of India.

The Sena said that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was openly supporting "youth attacking" soldiers and was blaming jawans for the present situation in Kashmir.

THE Shiv Sena leadership on Sunday made it clear that while deciding to vote for the presidential candidate their preferences would depend exclusively on who the candidate is and nothing else. He was referring to the constant talk by Shiv Sena to withdraw support, which has not come true till now.

"The fact that only four leaders were involved in the meeting indicates that they call the shots in the Sena and BJP".

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