Opposition up in arms against Centre over Presidential nominee Kovind

Sena, known for its unpredictability, backed the UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee in the 2012 presidential polls against the NDA's P A Sangma.

The BJP chief's meeting with Thackeray comes amid repeated attack by the Sena on its senior ally and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a host of issues including the Army's surgical strike, farm loan waiver and amid the talk of a possible snap assembly poll in Maharashtra. "That is why Thackeray has expressed the party's position in such terms that it does not look too happy with the BJP choice, nor appears anti-Dalit", the Sena leader said.

The much-awaited meeting - which state BJP President Raosaheb Danve skipped - was to ensure the Sena's crucial support for the upcoming Presidential elections.

"Whatever has to happen in Maharashtra mid-term polls will happen".

The Shiv Sena had earlier said it may choose an "independent" path in the election to the highest constitutional office. Many party leaders have suggested that its top brass may opt for somebody moored to the saffron party's core ideology, but there has been no word from the leadership.

Speaking at a press conference in Mumbai, Shah recently said the BJP was ready for mid-term polls in Maharashtra.

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After Shiv Sena endorsed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's name for presidential nominee, the right-wing organization on Saturday said the former had dialed a wrong number.

Mr Shah has rejected opposition claims that the government came without names and they want cooperation, not consensus.

Most opposition parties - including the Congress, the Left Front and the Trinamool Congress - are waiting for the BJP to name its candidate.

"Don't think that you (BJP) can always win".

Uddhav also spoke about the recent farmer agitation and insisted that he had no qualms whatsoever about openly supporting the farmer's agitation. "But instead of mid-term poll results, we are anxious about what will happen in Kashmir and in violence-hit Darjeeling", the Sena said in Saamna. The value of each Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MP's vote is 708 and value of vote of MLAs is decided by population of that state.

The total value of NDA's vote is 5.32 lakh and falling short by 17,000 to cross the halfway mark.

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