Amit Shah declines to comment on Presidential candidates

The BJP Parliamentary Board, the party's highest decision-making body, is likely to meet on June 20 to finalise the NDA candidate. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray were also present at the meeting.

The Shiv Sena earlier on Wednesday said that Bhagwat is the ideal candidate for president.

"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".

Sena asks BJP to choose either Mohan Bhagwat or MS Swaminathan else nominate a candidate of their choice for the president's post whereas Amit Shah says that his party is ready for mid-term polls. He was referring to the constant talk by Shiv Sena to withdraw support, which has not come true till now.

The NDA's attempt is to file at least three-four sets of nominations of its candidate, so that all allies can get to sign.

"I am not saying that the Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is unfit to be the President".

Sena sources said Mr Shah sought support from the ally for the common presidential candidate. "Hence, we are asking them to suggest names", said Shah.

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Responding to a poser on Sharad Pawar's candidature for the top post, Thackeray took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president is his guru, adding it's hard to guess what is in ones heart.

With the Sena realising how much the BJP needs it for July's presidential polls, the saffron party is pushing for a hard bargain.

Mayawati told that it could have been better if BJP would have selected a name from a non-political background.

On Saturday, Shah would meet the core committee members of the state at "Vasant Smriti" - Mumbai BJP's office in Dadar.

Raote said that he met Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil in this regard and will also meet chief minister Fadnavis.

The Board formed a three-man panel - comprising senior ministers Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley - to select their presidential nominee.

"Some people said (when the agitation was on) that they will bring the government down".


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