Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday maintained his party's aggressive stance on the issue of the Presidential polls at the much awaited meeting with BJP president Amit Shah. The meeting which was held at Matoshree was also attended by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP state unit president Raosaheb Danve and Yuva Sena president Aditya Thackeray. However, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, said to be among the front runners, enjoys a good equations with Shiv Sena.
On the issue of stone-pelting in Darjeeling and demand for Gorkhaland, the editorial said: "One may have political differences with (West Bengal Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee but nobody should try to take political advantage of the situation there".
The tenure of current President Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24.
The Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Saturday ruled out resumption of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan anytime soon, saying the two countries would continue to play against each other in worldwide tournaments.
A Shiv Sena leader who requested anonymity, however, conceded that the party had no option but "to support Kovind". So, now what we are saying is if they (government) do not tell us the name of their Presidential candidate by June 20, then we will appeal to other opposition parties that we should all meet on June 21 and declare our candidate.
Top BJP leaders meeting today to discuss presidential candidate.
Apparently, Shiv Sena President Thackeray reiterating the old tune once again pitched the names of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and agro-scientist MS Swaminathan for the top post.
Moreover, the Chouhan government's refused to give permission to various opposition parties, including Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Gujarat reservations leader Hardik Patel, to meet the families of the victims killed in the recent police firing during the farmers' agitation in Mandsaur.
"We had suggested two names for the post. That is why Thackeray has expressed the party's position in such terms that it does not look too happy with the BJP choice, nor appears anti-Dalit", the Sena leader said.
Paswan said his party will stand by the Prime Minister's decision while the Samajwadi Party is understood to have favoured a politician as the new President. "So, people believe in the government", he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the BJP party Head Quarters.