Opposition up in arms against Centre over Presidential nominee Kovind

Even a couple of days prior to Amit Shah calling on Uddhav Thackeray at his residence to discuss the presidential elections, the Maharashtra chief minister had spoken of mid-term elections as something that would favour the BJP, obviously at the cost of Sena's 63 seats.

"We had suggested two names for the post".

The BJP President is expected to appease Thackeray and ensure his support for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate in the upcoming presidential election.

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.

In editorials in Saamana, the Marathi organ and Dopharka Saamana, its Hindi tabloid version, Thackeray, who is also the managing editor of both the newspapers, the party indirectly criticised the Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for issuing a threat of mid-term polls and the Shah endorsing it.

BJP President said Jana Sangh, on the other hand, always believed in nation first, party second and the person last.

Thackeray told Shah June 18 that the Shiv Sena - the BJP's oldest and most prominent ally - would make a decision only after the BJP's presidential nominee was named.

The development comes a day after BJP party president Amit Shah met Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai on Sunday.

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Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts, the main Opposition parties continued to fume. We are hopeful of receiving Shiv Sena's support.

The party has given certain suggestions, including fielding a politician acceptable across a broad spectrum, while indicating that it is open to supporting NDA, the people cited earlier said.

He was responding to reports speculating midterm polls in the State against the backdrop of farmers' stir for loan waiver amid the agrarian crisis.

Naidu also held discussions with Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal.

In the Presidential polls of 2007 and 2012, the Sena deviated from the NDA to vote for the Congress nominees: Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee respectively.

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.

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

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