Amit Shah meets Uddhav Thackeray

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Barely a day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and BJP President Amit Shah met here, the Shiv Sena on Monday launched a fresh attack on its ally - this time for the grim situation in Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal.

Leaders from both the parties confirmed that Shah didn't give out any names or probable presidential candidates during the meeting but has reportedly assured Uddhav that once the BJP finalises a candidate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to him (Uddhav).

Shah on Sunday met ally and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aditya in Mumbai to ensure the Sena's crucial support in the presidential election. AIADMK, YSR Congress and TRS, along with several regional parties, have already extended support to NDA on the presidential election.

Other Sena leaders and BJP state President Raosaheb Patil-Danve stayed out of the 75-minute meeting.

President Amit Shah on Saturday declined to comment on who is likely to be nominated as the next candidate for the Presidential election.

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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. Even Fadnavis himself had mentioned that BJP is ready for mid-term polls. Amit Shah says they will form the government. Paswan told Naidu that his party will go by the PM's decision.

Clearing the air on cricketing ties between the two neighbours, he said it was all right for them to play in worldwide tourneys, but not on each others' soil. But if the BJP announces a nominee, senior Congress leaders may hold their meeting today, sources tell CNN-News18.

In the editorial the Shiv Sena said that while the BJP may win in case of snap polls in Maharashtra and also get its presidential nominee elected, but wondered whether it would be able to save the valley. There are 67 members from Maharashtra in Parliament - 48 in the Lok Sabha and 19 in the Rajya Sabha. The total value of MP votes of UPA is 10,620. "We shall bury you in the soil of Maharashtra", Thackeray said in an apparent dig at Amit Shah over his recent statement that BJP is winning elections in various states. Gopal Krishna Gandhi, a former diplomat along with current incumbent Pranab Mukherjee are the top choices for the Opposition.

"The burden of loan waiver will be on the Government and not banks", he had said.

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