Even a couple of days prior to Amit Shah calling on Uddhav Thackeray at his residence to discuss the presidential elections, the Maharashtra chief minister had spoken of mid-term elections as something that would favour the BJP, obviously at the cost of Sena's 63 seats. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray were also present at the meeting. He further questioned the need to hold meeting with allies if BJP did not wish to discuss the name with them.
Bharatiya Janta Party President Amit Shah on Saturday said India can not stop playing Pakistan at global cricket tournaments, but made it clear that the two countries will not play each other in either India or Pakistan, reported Financial Express.
While a host of BJP and Sena leaders also graced the Thackeray home, none of them were part of the meeting.
The presidential election is expected to be a close affair this time as neither the ruling BJP nor the opposition parties have the numbers on their side to unilaterally elect the next president of India, the highest post in the country. According to him, Uddhav told Shah his party will take a decision on Sunday.
He said that the party fully supports the farmers' agitation and it is continuously monitoring the implementation of farm loan waiver package announced by the Fadnavis government. The meeting comes a day after the BJP chief, who is here on a three-day visit to strengthen the party organisation in the state, said his party would consult its allies before finalising the NDA's presidential candidate. It had backed Congress nominees - Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee - in the last two presidential elections. He said if BJP proposed a name to them, there would not be discussion.
The BJP-led NDA (including Sena) has total of 52 MPs.
He added that the talk of mid-term polls is a ploy to divert attention and dilute the issue of farm loans waiver.
The Mumbai visit is part of the country-wide tour programme undertaken by Shah from April to September, party sources said. "Bhagwat is the most appropriate choice for the Rashtrapati's office if India is to be turned into a Hindu Rashtra", he said.