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

"Shah informed him (Thackeray) about the BJP choice and sought the Shiv Sena's support to Kovind's candidature", Raut said. He said would call a meeting of party leaders and then decide on Shiv Sena's strategy for the presidential election.

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. "Sena had put forward RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's name because we believe in Hindu Rashtra", he added. Shah urged Sena to offer support to presidential candidate.

Shah is scheduled to meet Uddhav Thackeray at the latter's residence "Matoshree" in suburban Bandra on Sunday. It supported incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee, who was the nominee of the Congress-led UPA in 2012 over the BJP-backed PA Sangma. He said that the transformation of Mumbai is taking place rapidly due to Central governments involvement and also expressed confidence take the city to next level in infrastructure and GDP growth within next 5 years.

A meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board, the party's highest decision-making body, is underway to deliberate on a nominee for presidential elections next month. The Sena chief has kept the BJP waiting. "Hence, we are asking them to suggest names", said Mr. Shah. While Bhagwat himself refused to take up the country's top job, Swaminathan was not keeping good health, Shah is said to have told Uddhav.

Speaking about the recent farm loan waiver announced by the Maharashtra government, Shah said, "Through it we are offering relief to the farmers".

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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.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said she is not satisfied with Ram Nath Kovind's political ideology, but can not reject his Dalit background.

Against the backdrop of a speculation that mid-term polls could be in offing in Maharashtra, he said Sena is not unduly anxious about the snap polls, but is more concerned about suicides being committed by farmers.

"Our biggest achievement is ending communalism, dynastic rule and appeasement (politics)", he said.

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