Decision on supporting Kovind on Tuesday: Thackeray

The BJP Parliamentary Board, the party's highest decision making body, will meet today to take a decision on its Presidential nominee.

"Hindustan is a Hindu nation".

Addressing the 51st Foundation Day function of Sena in suburban Matunga this evening, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said his party will not back Kovind if he has been chosen with an intention to garner Dalit votes. So there is no question of mutual consent. "The choice of the presidential nominee should be in the larger interest of the entire country".

At this meeting, he is expected to solicit and secure the Sena's support for the NDA candidate for President, which had in the past strayed on two occasions and supported UPA candidates, former President Pratibha Patil in 2007 and later the current President Pranab Mukherjee in 2012.

BSP chief mayawati said she is not satisfied with Ram Nath Kovind's political ideology, but can not reject his Dalit background.

Mayawati told ANI that it could have been better if BJP would have selected a name from a non-political background.

However, earlier there were indications that the Sena may not announce its decision immediately and adopt a wait-and-watch policy till Thursday when the opposition parties finalise their candidate.

The committee members include Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, who are also the members of the board. "We didn't expect this from them", said Azad. But instead of coming to us with the proposal they announced the candidate.

"The decision, however, was welcomed by some of the political leaders including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao".

President Amit Shah on Saturday said the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra would complete its full five-year in office.

He was speaking to the media here after congratulating Kovind. "I have told them about my views".

An election to choose the next President of India appears inevitable as the initial round of talks between the BJP and the opposition is about to end.

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