Presidential polls: Snubbed over Bhagwat, Shiv Sena suggests Swaminathan

"Uddhav Thackeray ji has said that for Shiv Sena Mohan Bhagwat ji is the deserving candidate for the post of President of the nation and the party collectively bats for him", he added.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve and Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar welcomed Shah after he landed at the Mumbai airport.

No breakthrough was made in the meeting held between BJP president Amit Shah and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray for seeking the latter's support for presidential poll candidate.

As the days to file the nomination of the candidate for the Presidential election gets closer, top BJP leaders have been meeting opposition party leaders for the consensus.

In the past, on two occasions, the Shiv Sena had deviated from the NDA line by supporting UPA candidates: in 2007 when Pratibha Patil won the election and in 2012 when incumbent Pranab Mukherjee was elected.

"We did not care for power and supported the farmers".

Paswan said his party will stand by the Prime Minister's decision while the Samajwadi Party is understood to have favoured a politician as the new President.

Expressing its concern over the renewed spate of terror in the Kashmir Valley and the violence in West Bengal's Darjeeling, the Sena said these heavenly places on earth are now passing through a bad spell, but "some people" are more eager about winning mid-term elections in Maharashtra. The BJP's ally Shiv Sena, in an embarrassment for the ruling BJP, has joined hands virtually with the State Opposition parties. "The alliance with Sena is not a compulsion for us and we are not tolerating them", said Shah. "Shah sought the Sena's support for Ram Nath Kovind", Raut told reporters here. Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday held discussions with Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who heads the Lok Janshakti Party, on the July 17 presidential election.

That meeting would be followed by another with BJP ministers in Maharashtra government at the chief minister's residence "Varsha". "The farmers will not forgive those who called them as "saala" and make they cry", Thackeray said.

  • Leroy Wright