The Bharatiya Janata Party is going to file its presidential nomination before 24 June as senior party leaders met those from other parties to come at a consensus for a candidate.
On Sunday, BJP President Amit Shah met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at the latter's residence in suburban Bandra.
Shah, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, visited Thackeray's residence 'Matoshree' and held a closed-door meeting, which started around 10 am and lasted for nearly 75 minutes.
The meeting comes a day after the BJP chief, who is in Maharashtra on a three-day visit to strengthen the party organisation in the state, said his party would consult with its allies before finalising the NDA's presidential candidate.
The Shiv Sena, which has often been critical of the BJP and the Modi government, recently suggested MS Swaminathan, the father of India’s Green Revolution, as its presidential choice, but their first preference is RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
The Shiv Sena had earlier said it may choose an "independent" path in the election to the highest constitutional office. It had backed Congress nominees – Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee – in the last two presidential elections.
Uddhav Thackeray refused Shah’s proposal that the Sena should also support whichever name the PM suggests and said that only after the name is declared will they choose their support, as DNA quoted sources saying.
During the day, Venkaiah Naidu held discussions with Lok Janshakti Party’s (LJP) Ramvilas Paswan and Samajwadi Party’s (SP) Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agarwal. Naidu has briefed party President Amit Shah on the discussions carried out with various parties till now.
Paswan said that his party stands by the Prime Minister’s decision. The SP leaders are understood to have referred a politician as president, as sources touted.
Arun Jaitley also spoke to leaders of Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Dal (BJD).
(With inputs from PTI, ANI)
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