Kovind speaks to Uddhav over phone, thanks him for support

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

Ever since BJP declared the candi dature of Kovind, Shiv Sena had expressed reservations on whether it will support him and the objection was that his nomination was declared unilaterally without consulting the NDA partners.When Shah called on Uddhav to seek his support for the presidential candidate, Shiv Sena agreed.

Mr. Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil, as Presidential candidates of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), had visited the then Shiv Sena supremo, the late Bal Thackeray, at "Matoshree" as the Sena had broken ranks with the NDA over the past two elections for the highest Constitutional office.

Kovind spoke to MPs and legislators from the BJP and its allies in the state, including Shiv Sena, at Churchgate's Garware Club.

Mr. Thackeray also dismissed media reports that claimed the Sena is divided over the project and that party leader and PWD Minister Eknath Shinde is approaching farmers and negotiating with them to sell their land to the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) for the project.

"We all have the duty to preserve the importance of the Constitution of India".

Mr. Gadkari said Mr. Kovind would win with more than 70% of the votes.

He said there should be comprehensive growth of all States where there was equal justice for all.

"My priority would be to address the aspirations of the youth and push for promotion and modernisation of education", he said. "The Sena leadership was never against Samru-ddhi Mahamarg. But we are firm on seeing him in Rashtrapati Bhavan", said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in a tweet. "Further, Kovind has decided not to visit any residences during his campaign", he said.

"The Sena wants development but not at the cost of farmers".

Athawale said everyone was happy that Kovind, who is associated with the Dalit movement started by B R Ambedkar, would be the country's next president.

"There have been false reports in the media that my stand and my party minister's stand over the issue are different and that Eknath Shinde is acquiring lands of farmers against my wishes".

"We have already extended our support to Kovind".

"We welcome Kovindji in Mumbai".

A visit to Thackeray's residence "Matoshree" at suburban Bandra was not in Kovind's itinerary.

Thackeray's party will vote with NDA first time in 10 years.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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