Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Shiv Sena rebellion ends, will now support BJP's Presidential nominee

Shiv Sena rebellion ends, will now support BJP's Presidential nominee

"This is how we look at it", Communist Party of India national secretary D. Raja said. We decided that whoever willing to do a good work should be supported.

Virtually accusing the BJP of playing Dalit vote-bank politics, the Shiv Sena on Monday said if the ally had put forth Ram Nath Kovind's name merely to capture the community's votes, it would not support him.

It is notable that Thackeray had announced that Shiv Sena would not extend its support to Kovind if the Centre was eyeing a vote bank by nominating a Dalit face for the upcoming President polls. "If that is so, we are not interested in backing him".

The meeting comes a day after the BJP chief, who is here on a three-day visit to strengthen the party organisation in the state, said his party would consult its allies before finalising the NDA's presidential candidate.

Sena has got away with supporting Pratibha Patil, a Congress candidate, on the basis of her being a Maharashtrian, and Pranab Mukherjee because he called at Matoshree seeking support, meant it has broken ranks twice in the past.

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"Once the names have been suggested, we will finalise our name for the post of president", he said.

On Monday, Thackeray had told sainiks that he would not approve of BJP's selection of a candidate, if it was done keeping caste factor in consideration.

Sena had earlier proposed the names of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and veteran agriculturist M S Swaminathan.

Interestingly, while SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav has expressed his support for the NDA candidate, his party is yet to take an official stand.

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"These (BJP/Parivar) people should focus their attention there and think of how you will win the war in J&K, and ensure that the sacrifices of our soldiers don't go in vain". Had they wanted my support, they would have declared one of the names already.

Bhagwat, however, didn't show any interest whereas Swaminathan chose not to react.

In the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, the BJP has the support of 122 MLAs and claims to have the support of some more legislators.

The bookie added, "I do not know the reason why Shiv Sena did a u-turn within twenty four hours".

BJP does not, in the arithmetic as has now developed, need Sena's support for the NDA, with Telangana Rashtra Samiti, AIADMK, and the YSR Congress pledging support, has improved its chances. The total value of MP votes of UPA is 10,620.

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If its assessment is positive, the talks will then move on to "scoping the future relationship on trade and other matters".

On Kashmir issue, Shah said the state's PDP-BJP government was working on a solution which will "change the current picture".

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