The Sena would make its stand clear on Tuesday, Thackeray said, addressing Shiv Sena cadre on the party's 51st anniversary. Sena has never engaged in caste-based politics. "But if it is for the development of the nation then we may support", he added.
A day before title-holders India face Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at London's Oval ground, the BJP chief Amit Shah today said India can not stop playing Pakistan in global tournaments, but made it clear that the two countries will not play each other on Indian or Pakistani soil. If that is so, we are not interested in backing him.
Earlier today, the BJP named Kovind, a Dalit leader who has been associated with the party and the RSS, as the NDA nominee for the presidential poll.
He was responding to questions at a press conference about ally Shiv Sena, which has often been critical of the BJP and the Modi government, suggesting the name of M S Swaminathan, known for steering India's Green Revolution, as its presidential choice.
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The presidential poll is scheduled to be held on July 17 from 10 am to 5 pm (Indian Standard Time) while the counting of votes is on July 20. However, we are not perturbed about winning or losing mid-term elections in Maharashtra.
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. They can also win the presidential election. If anyone is so boisterous then let them hold mid-term elections.
The much-awaited meeting - which state BJP President Raosaheb Danve skipped - was to ensure the Sena's crucial support for the upcoming Presidential elections. "If they compel us for mid-tem polls, I am confident we will form the government again", Fadnavis told media persons. "Be liberal in giving aid to farmers", he said.