Amit Shah rules out bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan

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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.

According to sources, Amit Shah informed Uddhav Thackeray that nearly all allies of NDA have assigned powers to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to finalise the name of candidate for presidential polls.

The BJP leaders indicated that they would get in touch with the Sena, once there is some consensus on the presidential nominee within the BJP. "Uddhav Thackeray ji has said that for Shiv Sena Mohan Bhagwat ji is the deserving candidate for the post of President of the nation and the party collectively bats for him", he added.

Mr Thackeray, who was in London vacationing with his family, through an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamana, claimed that the BJP-led government gave relief to farmers only after Sena put pressure on it. Mr Patil said, "I will meet Mr Thackeray and discuss the decision". The meeting which was held at Matoshree was also attended by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP state unit president Raosaheb Danve and Yuva Sena president Aditya Thackeray.

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

The Board formed a three-man panel - comprising senior ministers Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley - to select their presidential nominee.

"Once the names have been suggested, we will finalise our name for the post of president", he said.

Mumbai: Adopting a hawkish stance, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Saturday categorically ruled out resumption of bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan.

"We wish them all the best... we are not perturbed about winning or losing mid-term elections in Maharashtra..."

In an embarrassment for the ruling BJP, its ally Shiv Sena has virtually joined ranks with the state opposition parties demanding complete loan waiver for farmers and on other major issues confronting the state.

The Mumbai visit is part of the country-wide tour programme undertaken by Shah from April to September, party sources said. The Fadnavis government had agreed to the long-standing demand of farmers and announced a loan waiver for them last Sunday.

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