No support if Centre nominated 'Dalit' face for vote bank: Shiv Sena

"The Shiv Sena is not interested in the presidential election if you are going to field a candidate only because he belongs to the Dalit community".

The Shiv Sena on Monday remained non-committal on whether or not it will support the BJPs nominee for the Presidential election, Ram Nath Kovind.

"Uddhavji told him that he will convene a meeting of the party leaders to arrive at a decision and convey our answer to him in one or two days", he said.

Thackeray said the Sena had recommended and supported Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's name because "Hindustan is a Hindu nation" and there was nobody better than Bhagwat to represent this identity.

The much-awaited meeting - which state BJP President Raosaheb Danve skipped - was to ensure the Sena's crucial support for the upcoming Presidential elections.

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Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers. Sava said Scalise would need to undergo an additional operation within the next 48 hours and more beyond that.

Speaking at a press conference in Mumbai, Shah recently said the BJP was ready for mid-term polls in Maharashtra.

"The chief minister is in favour of the Sena and Amit Shah seems to be on the same page as the CM". Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said that Nitesh was a child in politics and he is just utilizing his father's name for getting publicity.

The BJP leaders also had meetings with AIADMK leader M Thambidurai and CPI leader S Sudhakar Reddy, Samajwadi party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra. "As of now, my only concern are farmers who are forced to commit suicide in the middle of their lives", Thackeray said. I am confident that our government under the leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is doing a good job and it will complete its full term in the state.

According to reports, the BJP committee is holding discussions with all parties as they are trying to finalise a consensus candidate for presidential poll before Prime Minister Modi departs for foreign tour on June 24.

"Some people said (when the agitation was on) that they will bring the government down, will withdraw support". And though the BJP does not have a clear majority in the Assembly and relies on the Shiv Sena, the BJP's electoral performance at various elections in the state have grown from strength to strength, adding to the already simmering tensions within.

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