Amit Shah Likely To Meet Shiv Sena Supremo Uddhav Thackeray

Articulated twice, first by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and now by party president Amit Shah, the assertions that "the BJP is ready for mid-term polls if they are imposed on the state" are a thinly veiled challenge to alliance partner Shiv Sena.

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. The Sena has been pitching the name of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat for the post, saying a president can like him can guide India in the direction of a Hindu nation, help resolve the Ram Mandir issue in Ayodhya and enforce a uniform civic code. BJP state unit chief Raosaheb Danve, who had gone to Thackeray's residence, and senior Sena MP Sanjay Raut, a close aide of the party president, were not part of the meeting. While Bhagwat himself refused to take up the country's top job, Swaminathan was not keeping good health, Shah is said to have told Uddhav.

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Mumbai: The Shiv Sena today demanded that the old currency notes to the tune of Rs 2,771 crore lying with the district central cooperative (DCC) banks should be exchanged by the Reserve Bank. Shah urged Sena to offer support to presidential candidate.

The letter is quite humorous, as it says, "We would like to register a record on his (Uddhav Thackeray) behalf, "for announcing number of times that his party Shiv Sena would withdraw their support from the Maharashtra government".

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In the Presidential polls of 2007 and 2012, the Sena deviated from the NDA to vote for the Congress nominees: Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee respectively. "The BJP has achieved in just three years what could not be done in the past 50 years", Shah said.

The Sena chief said he offered prayers on Thursday at the Gajanan Maharaj Temple in Pune to give strength to the government to implement its promise of farm loans waiver.

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According to informed sources, the board members would be briefed about the consultations held by the three-member party committee formed to evolve consensus with the opposition. With the Shiv Sena vocally expressing its views independently on the Presidential election, Shah is expected to bring the Maharashtra ally on board for the July 17 poll.

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