The crucial meeting between BJP National President Amit Shah and NDA partner Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai concluded without arriving at a consensus on the Presidential candidate.
Thackeray had demanded the BJP to field India’s noted Agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan but the ruling party at the centre turned down the Shiv Sena plea recently.
In the meeting lasted for nearly 70 minutes, Amit explained the BJP strategy in the Presidential election. The BJP chief sought the cooperation of Thackeray but the latter stick to his demand.
The Shiv Sena chief informed BJP leader that his party chose an independent path in the previous Presidential election. It supported the incumbent Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil, who were elected on behalf of Congress party.
The relationship between BJP and Shiv Sena were strained in the recent times in Maharastra on the implementation of farmer loan scheme and other local issues.Thackeray was also not happy with the Maharastra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for not considering the issues raised by Shiv Sena.
Sources said Amit will hold another round of talks with Thackeray after announcing NDA candidate next week.