BJP Parliamentary Board to finalise Prez nominee

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.

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.

On Friday, Shiv Sena had 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 Mohan Bhagwat's candidature.

The BJP is expected to contact opposition leaders once again after the name of its Presidential candidate is announced.

The Sena's scathing attack on Shah came a day after he met party president Uddhav Thackeray at the latter's residence "Matoshree".

On record, both parties kept mum on the deliberations at the Shah-Thackeray meet though the BJP termed it as "a courtesy call where talks were held in a cordial atmosphere".

The relationship between the BJP and its alliance partner Shiv Sena has reached a new low in Maharashtra, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hinting in the Assembly on Thursday that he will not shy away from a midterm assembly poll. State BJP president Raosaheb Danve too was kept out.

Bhagwat, 66, recently said he is not interested in the president's post.

"We hope to have a political consensus", Shah said. The source said, "Shah said the name of the candidate would be announced by Narendra Modi". The party's Parliamentary Board meeting is scheduled to take place at 12 pm. "On the contrary they are supporting it", it said.

Mumbai: BJP president Amit Shah today ruled out resumption of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan anytime soon, saying the two countries would continue to play against each other in worldwide tournaments.

With the Sena realising how much the BJP needs it for July's presidential polls, the saffron party is pushing for a hard bargain. It demanded complete loan waiver for farmers and on other major issues confronting the state.

  • Zachary Reyes