Shiv Sena plays hardball on Presidential polls

Even as the Shah-Thackeray "summit" was announced on Thursday, the Shiv Sena fired missiles at neighboring Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is struggling with a farmers' agitation.

Later, state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve attempted so soothe ruffled feathers on both sides, saying Fadnavis did not mean mid-term elections will be held but merely the BJP as a party was ready for it. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis was present during the meeting.

Sources further added that the Sena has reiterated its stand that in order to usher in the concept of Hindurashtra, the names of either Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat or father of green revolution in India Dr M S Swaminathan be considered.

With Amit Shah kicking off his 95-day nation wide tour with Mumbai, it'll be interesting to see BJP thwart the challenges ahead of it, the primary being the Presidential election.

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If the Sena weighs in with support for the Opposition candidate, then any rationale for remaining in the NDA at the Centre or in a post-poll partnership with the BJP in Maharashtra just ceases to exist. This was the Sena's last move to embarrass its warring partner. "Unless peace is restored and Pakistan stop middling in the internal affairs of India and playing with the internal security by instigating the terrorist and allowing cross border terrorism India should refrain from playing with Pakistan any game", BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI. Till July, the Sena would continue to play truant and embarrass the BJP on several fronts. We will tolerate the Sena only for that. Talking about snap polls is one thing and actually calling it is another. He said that the transformation of Mumbai is taking place rapidly due to Central governments involvement and also expressed confidence take the city to next level in infrastructure and GDP growth within next 5 years.

He said the Sena wants to work for social causes in the state keeping aside politics of religion. "If they do not do so, a big step will be taken next month", he is reported to have said. However, we are not perturbed about winning or losing mid-term elections in Maharashtra. The population figure is frozen at 1971. The total value of MP votes of UPA is 10,620.

However, if Sena thinks otherwise as indicated by Raut, BJP will have to look for 25,893 votes more.

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