BJP Parliamentary Board Meeting On; Oppn for 'Secular' Pick

BJP president Amit Shah sought the Shiv Sena's support for next month's Presidential elections, but didn't give out any names when he met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday.

Other Sena leaders and BJP state President Raosaheb Patil-Danve stayed out of the 75-minute meeting. Shah, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, visited Thackeray's residence "Matoshree" and held a close-door meeting, which started around 10 am and lasted almost 75 minutes.

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.

President Amit Shah on Saturday declined to comment on who is likely to be nominated as the next candidate for the Presidential election.

The relationship between the BJP and its alliance partner Shiv Sena has reached a new low in Maharashtra, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hinting in the Assembly on Thursday that he will not shy away from a midterm assembly poll.

"The fact that only four leaders were involved in the meeting indicates that they call the shots in the Sena and BJP".

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"The decision will be taken soon and the name of the Presidential candidate will be announced before June 23", Naidu told media here. "But if it is for the development of the nation then we may support", he added.

BJP President Amit Shah arrives at party headquarters for BJP Parliamentary Board meeting scheduled to take place at 12 noon in Delhi to discuss its nominee for the upcoming Presidential elections.

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

Having been tight-lipped so far, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary board will meet on Monday to finalize their presidential candidate to succeed President Pranab Mukherjee.

Naidu also held discussions with Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal. It has kept BJP guessing about whether it will extend support to the NDA nominee. "Only after being proposed by the government or by the ruling party, we can take a decision".

  • Sonia Alvarado