Shah seeks Sena support for presidential polls

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. Even as the Shah-Thackeray "summit" was announced on Thursday, the Shiv Sena fired missiles at neighboring Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is struggling with a farmers' agitation. To this, the Sena chief said they would take a call on support after the BJP reveals its choice for president, the source said.

A meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board, the party's highest decision-making body, is underway to deliberate on a nominee for presidential elections next month.

Senior Congress leaders could meet under the chairmanship of Sonia Gandhi if BJP announces its candidature today.

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.

Mumbai: The National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) oldest constituent Shiv Sena accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of playing "vote bank politics" by proposing a Dalit nominee-Bihar governor Ramnath Kovind-for the post of president on Monday.

The BJP unit in Maharashtra is prepared for mid-term polls, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Thursday. "If the government accepts Swaminathan Commission's recommendations, farmers will immensely benefit", Sena MP Sanjay Raut told reporters.

The BJP president then left for Shivaji Park to offer floral tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Veer Savarkar and Bal Thackeray.

Shah and Uddhav met at the latter's Kalanagar residence yesterday.

The Shiv Sena, which is seen as the BJP's natural ally due to the common Hindutva agenda, in 2007 had supported incumbent Pratibha Patil over the BJP's Bhaironsingh Shekhawat as she was a Maharashtrian.

THE Shiv Sena leadership on Sunday made it clear that while deciding to vote for the presidential candidate their preferences would depend exclusively on who the candidate is and nothing else.

"Do you want to say India should not play the Champions Trophy at all", Shah retorted when questioned about Sunday upcoming clash between the two countries at the Champions Trophy finale in London. So, the Shiv Sena is upset with this fact. The Sena chief has kept the BJP waiting.