Shiv Sena to convene meeting to decide on BJP’s presidential candidate: Sanjay Raut
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Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will convene a meeting of party leaders to decide on supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, Shiva Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Monday.
“Amit Shah called up Uddhavji after the NDA’s presidential candidate was decided in the BJP’s parliamentary board meeting. Shah sought the Sena’s support for Ram Nath Kovind,” Raut told reporters here.
“Uddhavji told him that he will convene a meeting of the party leaders to arrive on a decision and convey our answer to him in one-two days,” he said. Raut said Thackeray may “answer many questions later this evening” when he will address the party workers on the Shiv Sena’s 51st foundation day.
“We had suggested two names for the post. One was of (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief) Mohan Bhagwat. If they had a problem with that, we wanted (eminent agriculturist) M.S. Swaminathan. But since they have chosen some other name, the party will convey to the BJP our decision soon,” Raut said.
The BJP on Monday named Dalit leader and Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind as the party’s candidate for the post of president. Kovind is likely to file his papers on 23 June, BJP president Amit Shah said in Delhi after a nearly two-hour meeting of the party’s parliamentary board.