Opposition up in arms against Centre over Presidential nominee Kovind

Uddhav Thackeray loan waiver

PM Narendra Modi arrives at party headquarters for BJP Parliamentary Board meeting to discuss its nominee for the upcoming Presidential elections.

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.

The Shiv Sena earlier on Wednesday said that Bhagwat is the ideal candidate for president.

In fact, on at least two previous occasions, the Sena had jolted the NDA by supporting Congress nominees - former President Pratibha Patil in 2009 and later current President Pranab Mukherjee in 2012.

Speaking about the recent farm loan waiver announced by the Maharashtra government, Shah said, "Through it we are offering relief to the farmers".

The Prime Minister said that Kovind will make an exceptional President and continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised. The BJP has kept name of their candidate for the top post under wraps. Thackeray sensing that BJP won't agree to any of names said,"I would like to know your candidate for the Presidential poll".

Though it later joined the BJP-led ministry in Maharashtra, Sena has continued to needle the lead partner over all vital issues including demonetisation and tension on the borders. "The alliance with Sena is not a compulsion for us and we are not tolerating them", said Shah. The BJP's ally Shiv Sena, in an embarrassment for the ruling BJP, has joined hands virtually with the State Opposition parties.

Mr. Shah said, "When Sonia Gandhi steps down from her post [as Congress president] everybody knows who will be the next party president". Shah urged Sena to offer support to presidential candidate. "Just because he was the leader of Dalit Morcha of BJP they have made him the candidate", Mamata said. When Home Minister Rajnath Singh and I&B minister Venkaiah Naidu came to meet us, they said that they want to build a consensus.

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.

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