Presidential election 2017: BJP to decide its today?

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has reportedly told BJP’s Amit Shah to declare a candidate for the presidential polls before seeking his party’s 25,000 votes.

After pitching for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat as the next president, Shiv Sena on Friday also proposed the name of leading agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan for the post, reported DNA.

Amit Shah arrives at party Headquarters for BJP Parliamentary Board meeting scheduled to take place at 12 pm in Delhi on Monday.

For the Sena, Thackeray and his son Aditya took part in the talks while Shah and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis represented the BJP.

The Congress and other opposition parties might put forward former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar’s names for the country’s top post.

“Amit Shah called up Uddhavji after the NDA’s presidential candidate was decided by the BJP’s parliamentary board meeting”.

The aggressive stance of both partners came as Shah and Thackeray plan to meet on Sunday with discussions expected to centre around the upcoming the upcoming presidential elections.

Reacting over Rane’s letter, Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said her party already holds a Guinness record for collecting largest quantity of blood in a day (24,200 bottles) at a blood donation camp in 2010. The Sena is learnt to have pledged its support to NDA’s candidate.

The Shiv Sena, the second largest constituent of the NDA, has had an uneasy relationship with the BJP ever since the two parties parted ways ahead of the 2014 assembly polls.

The election for the next President of India is to be held on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the office on July 25.

On the recent farm loan waiver announced by the Maharashtra government, Shah had said through it the state was offering relief to the farmers.

To placate agitating farmers and control the situation on ground, the Maharashtra government on Sunday declared waiver of farmers’ loans. Even as the Shah-Thackeray “summit” was announced on Thursday, the Shiv Sena fired missiles at neighboring Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is struggling with a farmers’ agitation.