Amit Shah to meet 'opposing' ally Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

Speaking to the reporters, CPI leader Sudhakar Reddy said, "On behalf of the three-member committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu met us today after meeting various political parties, but didn't make any particular proposal".

The BJP chief Amit Shah is likely to meet the Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray during his Maharashtra visit beginning Friday.

BJP sources said the nomination will be filed before Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves on his three-nation foreign tour.

A day after the much-talked-about meeting between Amit Shah and Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena on Monday lashed out at the BJP over the emerging situation in Jammu & Kashmir and West Bengal.

Later, state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve attempted so soothe ruffled feathers on both sides, saying Fadnavis did not mean mid-term elections will be held but merely the BJP as a party was ready for it.

Thackeray told Shah on Sunday that the Sena would take a decision only after the BJP's nominee for the Presidential election was named.

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

The meeting also hold significance as the Shiv Sena has warned of taking an "independent stand" on backing a candidate in the presidential election.

Mumbai: BJP president Amit Shah today 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.

However, he could not meet Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana President Raju Shetti, who led the recent farmers' agitation in the state.

Sena sources said Mr Shah sought support from the ally for the common presidential candidate.

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena today demanded that the old currency notes to the tune of Rs 2,771 crore lying with the district central cooperative (DCC) banks should be exchanged by the Reserve Bank.

In fact, on at least two previous occasions, the Sena had jolted the NDA by supporting Congress nominees - former President Pratibha Patil in 2009 and later current President Pranab Mukherjee in 2012. "In the current scenario, the Sena is still out safest bet for a stable state government", a senior BJP minister said.

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