Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind is BJP's presidential nominee


Mumbai:BJP president Amit Shah today began his three-day Mumbai visit during which he will also meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

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". BJP chief Amit Shah hurled some harsh truths at Uddhav when the two met at Matoshree on Sunday. According to the source, during the meeting Shah appealed to the Sena to support the BJP's nominee for the president's post.

Virtually accusing the BJP of playing Dalit vote-bank politics, the Shiv Sena on Monday said if the ally had put forth Ram Nath Kovind's name merely to capture the community's votes, it would not support him.

Uddhav also expressed his views on the farmer loan waiver, saying that the government should not insist on tough parameters while giving relief to farmers. "The CM should intervene in this issue and should urge the RBI to accept old currency", added the Sena minister.

The party said the BJP should not try to take political advantage of the situation in Darjeeling owing to political differences with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

The meeting will take place at the Thackeray residence, "Matoshri" in Bandra east during the three-day visit of Amit Shah to Mumbai to celebrate the BJP's three years in power at the Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While a host of BJP and Sena leaders also graced the Thackeray home, none of them were part of the meeting. We will always support the cause of farmers.

The political atmosphere in the state is highly charged with the recent farmers agitation, an increasingly confrontationist ally, a belligerent opposition and even pressure from within party ranks. So, the Shiv Sena is upset with this fact.

The Sena further said that it appears that organisations like Islamic State, Lashkar e Taiba, Al-Qaeda and ISI have already wrested control over the critical border state.

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