Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Modi attends BJP Parliamentary Board meeting


In an effort to build an unopposed consensus for the upcoming presidential polls, BJP president Amit Shah paid a "courtesy" visit to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday.

The BJP Parliamentary Board meeting - which was scheduled to shortlist the candidate for the country's top post today - was attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah.

"From the discussion, it appears that Shiv Sena will support the NDA nominee for the presidential election", the senior BJP member said.

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On the issue of stone-pelting in Darjeeling and demand for Gorkhaland, the editorial said: "One may have political differences with (West Bengal Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee but nobody should try to take political advantage of the situation there". According to the source, during the meeting Shah appealed to the Sena to support the BJP's nominee for the president's post. Can anyone guess who will be the next president of the BJP? "Mr Thackeray insisted on knowing the name of the candidate. The alliance with Sena is not a compulsion for us and we are not tolerating them", said Shah.

The party has not voted with the BJP in the last two Presidential elections.

Shah is now on a three-month nationwide tour covering all states to take stock and strengthen the party organisation across India, as part of the three-year celebrations of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in power under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Other Sena leaders and BJP state President Raosaheb Patil-Danve stayed out of the 75-minute meeting. "Shah took the view that despite differences, we have to take all our NDA partners along", the BJP member said.

"I would like to register a record on behalf of Shiv Sena party chief Uddhav Thackeray".

Shah said the Modi government brought an end to politics of appeasement and dynastic rule.

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The latest flashpoint has been the issue of loan waiver for farmers. Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said that Nitesh was a child in politics and he is just utilizing his father's name for getting publicity.

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