BJP stands for free trade & free agriculture policy: Amit Shah

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and state BJP president Raosaheb Danve accompanied Shah during meeting which was also attended by Sena chief's son and Yuva Sena president Aditya Thackeray.

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.

PM Narendra Modi arrives at party headquarters for BJP Parliamentary Board meeting to discuss its nominee for the upcoming Presidential elections. But the BJP is expected to contact opposition leaders once again after the name of its Presidential candidate is decided.

A politician who follows the saffron ideology but is acceptable to parties outside NDA is likely to be the candidate, people familiar with the matter said.

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Earlier today, the BJP named Kovind, a Dalit leader who has been associated with the party and the RSS, as the NDA nominee for the presidential poll. However, we are not perturbed about winning or losing mid-term elections in Maharashtra. While Shah said that Bhagwat himself refused to take up the country's top job, Swaminathan was not keeping good health, Shah reportedly informed Sena supremo. "Unless peace is restored and Pakistan stop middling in the internal affairs of India and playing with the internal security by instigating the terrorist and allowing cross border terrorism India should refrain from playing with Pakistan any game", BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI. BJP sources said the SP leaders told Naidu that his party should choose a political person. "The alliance with Sena is not a compulsion for us and we are not tolerating them", said Shah.

In the editorial the Shiv Sena said that while the BJP may win in case of snap polls in Maharashtra and also get its presidential nominee elected, but wondered whether it would be able to save the valley.

Thackeray said the state government should not put stringent conditions upon farmers to avail the farm loan waiver, which was announced recently.

"Sunday's meeting shows that the BJP's national leadership is on the same page as Fadnavis and wants the Sena to sail along". In 2002, BJP had accepted SP's choice of APJ Abdul Kalam and nominated him as the NDA candidate. "This is a big victory for the CM", the functionary said. In Maharashtra, Sena has 18 Lok Sabha and three Rajya Sabha MPs with voting value 14,868. So, the Sena's total vote value is 25,893.

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