Bring stability to Kashmir, then worry about Maharashtra, Shiv Sena taunts BJP

Gladys Abbott
June 19, 2017

Transport Minister Diwakar Raote, while speaking to reporters here, said that Sena will raise the issue of fragile economic condition of the DCC banks after the notes recall exercise in November previous year with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during the cabinet meeting next week.

He said political parties had been informed of the NDA's choice. Shah urged Sena to offer support to presidential candidate.

The separatists in West Bengal are heavily armed and get support from various quarters, though Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is trying her best by inviting them for talks, the Sena said.

After coming out of the airport, Shah accepted the greetings of several BJP workers who had gathered outside.

The Shiv Sena had earlier said it may choose an "independent" path in the election to the highest constitutional office.

The BJP chief, however, reportedly enjoys cordial relations with Thackeray.

The Mumbai visit is part of the country-wide tour programme undertaken by Shah from April to September, party sources said. Many Sena leaders said that this was also the time when it could renegotiate its role in the NDA.

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"We need the Sena for the presidential polls". We will tolerate the Sena only for that.

The meet comes after a three-member party committee, comprising of Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley last week met with allies and opposition parties.

On the recent farm loan waiver announced by the Maharashtra government, Mr. Shah had said through it the state was offering relief to the farmers.

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

About Jammu and Kashmir, the Sena said it appears that organisations like IS, Lashkar e Taiba, Al-Qaeda and ISI (of Pakistan) have already wrested control over the critical border state. Every MP's vote value is 708 and every MLA's is around 175, which is based on their respective state's population. The population figure is frozen at 1971.

Though the turbulent partnership has weathered many a storm, sometimes coming tantalisingly close to a rupture, Fadnavis has learnt to take Sena's bluster on its face value.

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