BJP fielding Dalit in prez polls for votebank politics, says Uddhav

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

"Amit Shah called up Uddhavji after the NDA's presidential candidate was decided in the BJP's Parliamentary Board meeting". Shah, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, visited Thackeray's residence in suburban Bandra and held a close-door meeting.

NDA ally Shiv Sena on Monday said party chief Uddhav Thackeray will convene a meeting of Sena leaders to decide on supporting the ruling alliance's choice for president.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said party President Uddhav Thackeray will hold a rally in Mumbai evening to announce the party's decision.

Only last week, the Sena had announced that it could take an independent line on presidential elections, creating a flutter in the BJP.

"We did not care for power and supported the farmers". India has not played any bilateral cricket with Pakistan since 2007, although in the winter of 2012-13, Pakistan made a short goodwill tour to India that included three One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals. We had suggested the name of M S Swaminathan so that farmers get benefited.

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. "We shall fully support them", he said sarcastically.

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Party sources said businessmen from the textile and garments industry, who form the traditional vote bank of the BJP in the State, had been petitioning the party top brass to address GST-related issues.

"Sunday's meeting shows that the BJP's national leadership is on the same page as Fadnavis and wants the Sena to sail along".

Clearing the air on cricketing ties between the two neighbours, he said it was all right for them to play in global tourneys, but not on each others' soil.

Janata Dal (United) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed happiness that the Bihar Governor would be the NDA's candidate for the President elections.

The Board formed a three-man panel - comprising senior ministers Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley - to select their presidential nominee.

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