BJP Parliamentary Board Meeting to Discuss Presidential Candidate Begin

Urging the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to name a candidate for the upcoming president polls, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI, "Till now, our opinion has not been sought in the regard". According to a source in the Shiv Sena, Shah told Thackeray that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would decide the NDA's candidate for the highest constitutional post. The BJP has remained non-committal to the names though it has said it is open to discussions.

The BJP Parliamentary Board is meeting today to reportedly take a decision on its Presidential nominee. Apart from Uddhav, Shah's closed-door meeting in Matoshree, the Thackeray home in suburban Bandra, also included CM Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav's son Aaditya Thackeray.

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

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The committee members include Union ministers Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, who are also the members of the Board.

Bhagwat, 66, recently said he is not interested in the president's post. "We shall consider that too", he said jocularly, addressing a press conference here. "We want to touch the lives of the people like the way we have done in Maharashtra", the Rajya Sabha member said.

In a stinging attack on Shiv Sena, Congress leader Nitesh Rane said today that Shiv Sena should be included in the Guinness World Records for issuing the most number of threats to withdraw support to the BJP-led government in Maharashtra.

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It is expected that the BJP at Monday's meeting will name the candidate of its choice before the party top brass goes back to the opposition for a consensus. Sena had supported the recent farmers' agitation in Maharashtra, despite being a part of the government.

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With the Sena releasing how much the BJP's needs it for July's presidential polls, the saffron party is pushing the BJP for a hard bargain.

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However, Thackeray reiterated his pet names for the top post - RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and agro-scientist MS Swaminathan. Speaking at a press conference in Mumbai , Shah recently said the BJP was ready for mid-term polls in Maharashtra.

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