Mumbai, June 18: As decided earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, who is currently on a three-day visit to Maharashtra capital, accompanied by state Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis called on their cantankerous ally Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray at this residence ‘Maotshri’ on Sunday.
Shah, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, visited Thackeray's residence ‘Matoshri’ in suburban Bandra and held a close-door meeting.
The meeting came a day after Shah, who is in Mumbai on a three-day visit to strengthen the party organisation in the state, has said his party would consult its allies before finalising the NDA’s presidential candidate.
Shiv Sena recently suggested the name of M S Swaminathan, the father of India's Green Revolution, as its presidential choice. The Shiv Sena had earlier said it may choose an “independent” path in the election to the highest constitutional office. It had backed Congress nominees, Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee, in the last two presidential elections.
Shah accompanied by Maharashtra CM Fadanvis met Uddhav Thackeray and held a meeting which lasted for over one hour. Much importance was attached to this meeting against the background of Shiv Sena-BJP spar over farmers’ loan waiver strategy.