BJP President Amit Shah declines to comment on Presidential candidates

"Uddhav Thackeray ji has said that for Shiv Sena Mohan Bhagwat ji is the deserving candidate for the post of President of the nation and the party collectively bats for him", he added.

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said a decision on supporting NDA Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind would be taken after discussions with party leaders on Tuesday.

The Shiv Sena, the BJP's oldest ally, had earlier said it may choose an "independent" path in the election to the highest constitutional office.

In a stinging attack on Shiv Sena, Congress leader Nitesh Rane said today that Shiv Sena should be included in the Guinness World Records for issuing the most number of threats to withdraw support to the BJP-led government in Maharashtra.

Amit Shah is expected to mollify Thackeray and ensure his support for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate in the upcoming presidential election.

"There are attempts being made to play politics over a Dalit presidential candidate".

In an effort to soothe the relationship between the two parties, Danve said the BJP does not want midterm polls but, if the elections are held, it is ready to face it.

According to sources, Amit Shah informed Uddhav Thackeray that nearly all allies of NDA have assigned powers to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to finalise the name of candidate for presidential polls.

This time round, the Sena stance on Kovind's candidature would be considered crucial as it is a ruling NDA partner both at the centre and in Maharashtra. Amit Shah says they will form the government.

The elected representatives - all whom will vote in the election - will sign the papers nominating the NDA candidate. "The farmers will not forgive those who called them as "saala" and make they cry", Thackeray said.

While the BJP leadership is in no mood to give the long rope to Matoshree, Fadnavis had taken a soft view on the Sena, pitching that at this juncture, the saffron party was the best ally to keep his government up and running.

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

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