Amit Shah rules out bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan

According to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) officials, the party President Mr. Amit Shah is likely to meet ally Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray.

BJP State president Raosahbe Danve said Shah is expected to meet a number of important persons in Maharashtra and his meeting with Thackeray has already been arranged. Shah, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, visited Thackeray's residence "Matoshree" and held a close-door meeting, which started around 10 am and lasted almost 75 minutes.

The BJP leaders indicated that they would get in touch with the Sena, once there is some consensus on the presidential nominee within the BJP. "If someone is trying to make a Dalit a President with the objective of gaining a vote bank then we are not with them", Thackeray said while addressing party workers on the Shiv Sena's 51st foundation day.

"Shah informed him about the BJP choice and also sought the Shiv Sena's support for Kovind's candidature", Raut said.

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. BJP ally Shiv Sena, though, has objected to it.

The Shiv Sena had strayed from the NDA line and supported the UPA candidates in 2007 when Pratibha Patil won the election and in 2012 when incumbent Pranab Mukherjee was elected.


"Amit Shah called up Uddhavji after the NDA's presidential candidate was decided in the BJP's Parliamentary Board meeting".

Shah said the Modi government brought an end to politics of appeasement and dynastic rule.

"We did not care for power and supported the farmers". The BJP has remained non-committal to the names though it has said it is open to discussions. It has also suggested RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat be field for the post.

"Farmers are boiling with ire over remunerative prices and loan waiver.The Sena is ready for the polls", he added.

"Our biggest achievement is ending communalism, dynastic rule and appeasement (politics)", he said.

Earlier, there were unconfirmed reports that the BJP was considering Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, tribal leader Draupadi Murmu and "Metro man" E Sreedharan for the top post.

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