Presidential polls: Candidate's name to be announced before June 23, says Naidu

A day after the much-talked-about meeting between Amit Shah and Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena on Monday lashed out at the BJP over the emerging situation in Jammu & Kashmir and West Bengal.

Shiv Sena is expected to strongly pitch for Swaminathan's candidature when party president Uddhav Thackeray meets BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday.

Party sources said businessmen from the textile and garments industry, who form the traditional vote bank of the BJP in the State, had been petitioning the party top brass to address GST-related issues.

The relationship between the BJP and its alliance partner Shiv Sena has reached a new low in Maharashtra, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hinting in the Assembly on Thursday that he will not shy away from a midterm assembly poll.

Though the Bharatiya Janata Party chief did not disclose the names of any candidate for the post of President, he sought Thackeray's support for the NDA nominee who would be announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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"The Sena has agreed to support the NDA candidate".

The BJP Parliamentary Board will meet this afternoon to discuss the upcoming Presidential election.

Both ministers will also hold separate consultations with Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury in the afternoon, today.

The BJP chief said Modi had restored dignity to the Prime Minister's Office. Shah met Thackeray on the last day of his three-day visit to the city at the latter's residence, Matoshree in Bandra (East).

The Shiv Sena has consistently maintained that the RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat should be announced as the official nominee of the NDA for the presidential election. The Sena had supported Congress candidate Pratibhatai Patil (2007) against the BJP candidate Bhaironsingh Shekhawat and Congress candidate Pranab Mukherjee (2012) against BJPs candidate P A Sangma. "The BJP has achieved in just three years what could not be done in the past 50 years", Shah said. It demanded complete loan waiver for farmers and on other major issues confronting the state.

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