Earlier June 19 afternoon, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said BJP President Amit Shah called Thackeray only after announcing Kovind as its candidate for the July 17 election, indicating that the party was not taken into confidence beforehand.
He was received at the Mumbai airport by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his cabinet members, BJP state President Raosaheb Danve, BJP city chief Ashish Shelar, party MPs and MLAs, and a massive crowd of enthusiastic party activists.
Lasting over an hour at the Thackeray household "Matoshree", the meeting came on the final day of Shah's three-day visit to Maharashtra to mark the third anniversary celebrations of the Modi government completing three years in power.
"If we suggest a name of the candidate then they (opposition) will think that the name has already been finalised".
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BJP president Amit Shah addressed Goods and Services Tax (GST)-related concerns raised by the city's textile trading community on Saturday evening, saying the fines and penalities envisaged under the new tax regime would not be enforceable for six months after it comes into force on July 1.
In fact, even as the Shah-Thackeray "summit" was announced on Thursday, the Shiv Sena fired missives at neighbouring Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is grappling with a farmers' agitation. "Uddhav Thackeray ji has said that for Shiv Sena Mohan Bhagwat ji is the deserving candidate for the post of President of the nation and the party collectively bats for him", he added.
"The burden of loan waiver will be on the Government and not banks", he had said. 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.
If the Sena weighs in with support for the Opposition candidate, then any rationale for remaining in the NDA at the Centre or in a post-poll partnership with the BJP in Maharashtra just ceases to exist. Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu held discussions on the issue with LJP chief and Cabinet colleague Ram Vilas Paswan as well as SP leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agarwal.
"Our biggest achievement is ending communalism, dynastic rule and appeasement (politics)", he said.