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

BJP chief Amit Shah Hints At Going It Alone

BJP chief Amit Shah Hints At Going It Alone

Shiv Sena is expected to strongly pitch for Swaminathan's candidature when party president Uddhav Thackeray meets BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday.

Thackeray also took on BJP chief Amit Shah and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for their statements on the BJP's readiness for midterm polls in Maharashtra.

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

While the BJP leadership is in no mood to give the long rope to Matoshree, Fadnavis had taken a soft view on the Sena, pitching that at this juncture, the saffron party was the best ally to keep his government up and running. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah and Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj are present at the meeting.

After Shiv Sena endorsed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's name for presidential nominee, the right-wing organization on Saturday said the former had dialed a wrong number.

If the Sena strikes out on its own in the Presidential elections, this will not be for the first time that it will break ranks with the BJP. During his hour-long talks with Shah, the Sena president didn't utter a word on the farmers' stir in Maharashtra, it is learnt. He said that the transformation of Mumbai is taking place rapidly due to Central governments involvement and also expressed confidence take the city to next level in infrastructure and GDP growth within next 5 years.

The BJP Parliamentary Board, the party's highest decision making body, will meet on Monday to take a decision on its presidential nominee. Informed sources said Naidu briefed Shah about his discussions. I don't care about mid-term elections.

"Don't feel you will always win. things are changing", he warned the BJP, adding that farmers anger would lead to it being defeated if snap elections were called.

The CPI (M) said the way Kovind's name was announced it portends that there would be a political contest.

Lauding Modi for enacting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) law, the BJP leader said nobody else had the "daring or capability" to do it.

That meeting would be followed by another with BJP ministers in Maharashtra government at the chief minister's residence "Varsha".

"Our biggest achievement is ending communalism, dynastic rule and appeasement (politics)", he said.

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