Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Ready to face midterm elections, says a defiant Fadnavis

Ready to face midterm elections, says a defiant Fadnavis

Shah had on Sunday met the BJP's sulking ally Shiv Sena's President Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aditya Thackerey in Mumbai to ensure the Sena's crucial support in the presidential poll.

Virtually snubbed by the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over its candidate Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat for the post of President, the Shiv Sena on Friday threw up the name of agro-scientist M S Swaminathan for the top job. "The BJP leaders did not give any name to Congress President Sonia Gandhi but they wanted us to reveal the name of our candidate".

On record, both parties kept mum on the deliberations at the Shah-Thackeray meet though the BJP termed it as "a courtesy call where talks were held in a cordial atmosphere".

The BJP Parliamentary Board will meet this afternoon to discuss the upcoming Presidential election. The Shiv Sena had earlier threatened to take an independent stand in the presidential election, reported NDTV. Shah urged Sena to offer support to presidential candidate. "We do not go there to play and they don't come here and play", Shah, who is also Chairman of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), told media persons during a press conference here.

In a stinging attack on Shiv Sena, Congress leader Nitesh Rane said today that Shiv Sena should be included in the Guinness World Records for issuing the most number of threats to withdraw support to the BJP-led government in Maharashtra. At the moment, we don't have any other option but to let them play truant.

BJP president Amit Shah pointed out towards the party policy of considering the welfare of the Nation on priority basis. The Shiv Sena openly supported the recent farmers' agitation in Maharashtra, taking to the streets to protest against the government and bitterly criticising the BJP. And though the BJP does not have a clear majority in the Assembly and relies on the Shiv Sena, the BJP's electoral performance at various elections in the state have grown from strength to strength, adding to the already simmering tensions within.

Shah said the Modi government brought an end to politics of appeasement and dynastic rule.

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