Shiv Sena non-committal on BJP Presidential candidate

But he also assured that his party would remain with the BJP in these elections. A consensus candidate appears elusive - with the BJP yet to name its candidate and most of the opposition parties insisting that they can only come to decision when a name is announced.

Mumbai: BJP chief Amit Shah told reporters on Saturday that the party will focus on each and every seat (Assembly and Parliament) so that it gets a majority on its own. Jaitley spoke to TMC and BJD leaders. Shah and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had a closed door meeting with Uddhav and his son Aaditya for close to an hour.

The Congress and other opposition parties might put forward former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's names for the country's top post. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the Sena would continue to press for RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as NDA's candidate for the presidential election. He has called a meeting of Sena leaders on Tuesday to discuss it. Shah, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, visited Thackeray's residence "Matoshree" and held a close-door meeting, which started around 10 am and lasted almost 75 minutes. However, Thackeray said he would like to know the name of the ruling party's candidate before deciding on its support in the July 17 presidential election.

The presidential candidates are expected to file the requisite papers by June 28.

"We did not care for power and supported the farmers". According to him, Uddhav told Shah his party will take a decision on Sunday.

The Shiv Sena earlier on Wednesday said that Bhagwat is the ideal candidate for president.

With the Sena realising how much the BJP needs it for July's presidential polls, the saffron party is pushing for a hard bargain.

"If anybody had reservations about Bhagwat, then we suggested Swaminathan for the benefit of the farmers of the country".

The letter is quite humorous, as it says, "We would like to register a record on his (Uddhav Thackeray) behalf, "for announcing number of times that his party Shiv Sena would withdraw their support from the Maharashtra government".