Uddhav Thackeray keeps BJP guessing

ST Correspondent
Monday, 19 June 2017

On Sunday, BJP National President Amit Shah met Thackeray at Matoshree to get consensus of Shiv Sena over the presidential candidate.

Mumbai: Finally, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray spoke about the presidential candidate declared by the NDA. “If the BJP is trying to woo Dalit votes by proposing Ram Nath Kovind for the presidential election, then Shiv Sena is not interested in the process,” said the Sena chief. 

On Sunday, BJP National President Amit Shah met Thackeray at Matoshree to get consensus of Shiv Sena over the presidential candidate.

During the meeting, Thackeray said the NDA should announce their candidate then Shiv Sena will decide whether to support or not. 

Thackeray was speaking at a function organised to celebrate the party’s 51st anniversary at Shanmukhanand Hall, Mumbai. He said the Shiv Sena never stabs in the back, but if anyone tries to do so, then the party won’t spare them. “BJP is trying to do politics by proposing a name from a particular caste, but Shiv Sena does not agree with such type of politics,” said Thackeray. 

“Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray gave us a stand on Hindutva and we are still on the path of Hindutva. In Hindustan, the president should be a Hindu, so the Shiv Sena proposed RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s name for the presidential poll,” Thackeray said. 

He said, “Agriculture is the main occupation of the country, so Shiv Sena proposed the second option of S Swaminathan for the presidential poll, but BJP did not agree. Now we will decide our stand by tomorrow.” He clarified his stand over rumours on mid-term polls and said the Shiv Sena is ready to face the mid-term poll.

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