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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah will meet ally Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray with the main agenda of discussions likely to centre around the upcoming presidential election, party officials said here on Thursday.

The letter is quite humorous, as it says, "We would like to register a record on his (Uddhav Thackeray) behalf, "for announcing number of times that his party Shiv Sena would withdraw their support from the Maharashtra government".

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said that if someone is trying to make a Dalit a President with the objective of gaining a vote bank then we are not with them.

Sources further added that the Sena has reiterated its stand that in order to usher in the concept of Hindurashtra, the names of either Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat or father of green revolution in India Dr M S Swaminathan be considered.

Only last week, the Sena had announced that it could take an independent line on presidential elections, creating a flutter in the BJP.

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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. They will contest every election and win, but will we win the fight in Kashmir? We are hopeful of receiving Shiv Sena's support. Shah, who is in Mumbai on a three-day tour, had met Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray in the morning. Gopal Krishna Gandhi, a former diplomat along with current incumbent Pranab Mukherjee are the top choices for the Opposition.

He also dared the BJP to call mid-term polls in Maharashtra and said Fadnavis-led regime would be singed by unrest among farmers.

The Sena said that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was openly supporting "youth attacking" soldiers and was blaming jawans for the present situation in Kashmir.

Soon after, Thackeray said, "If you are propping up a Dalit candidate only to get Dalit votes, why should we be interested?" The CM looks totally in command in the state and has convinced the BJP leadership about why it is important to keep the Sena in good humour at least for now.

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