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SP asks BJP to opt for a politician as Prez candidate

Yesterday, BJP president Amit Shah had held a close-door meeting with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived at the BJP headquarters to attend the party’s Parliamentary Board meeting called to discuss and select the party’s candidate for the July 17 presidential election. The BJP takes Sena’s suggestion of Bhagwat’s name for Presidential election as “mischievous” with the intention to provoke the ruling party at the Centre. They should be able to count on enough support from other parties to secure a majority, say BJP officials.Shah is scheduled to meet Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s residence “Matoshree” in suburban Bandra on Sunday.For the Sena, Thackeray and his son Aditya took part in the talks while Shah and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis represented the BJP.The BJP President is expected to appease Thackeray and ensure his support for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate in the upcoming presidential election.The meeting also hold significance as the Shiv Sena has warned of taking an “independent stand” on backing a candidate in the presidential election.The committee members include Union ministers Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, who are also the members of the Board.Bhagwat has however clarified that he is not in the Presidential race. The source said, “Shah said the name of the candidate would be announced by Narendra Modi”.Mumbai: Adopting a hawkish stance, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Saturday categorically ruled out resumption of bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan.On Kashmir issue, Shah said the state’s PDP-BJP government was working on a solution which will “change the current picture”.Meanwhile, AIADMK leader M. Thambidurai has said, “The party will meet soon and announce support to the Presidential candidate”. “Ramnath has risen through the political ranks, waging a long and hard struggle as a Dalit”, said Shah.”Some people said (when the agitation was on) that they will bring the government down”.