Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has taken exception to Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind being named as the NDA candidate for the presidential election.
“The Shiv Sena is not interested in the presidential election if you are going to field a candidate only because he belongs to the Dalit community. This means that you have set your eyes on the Dalit votebank,” he said.
Uddhav was addressing the Sena’s conclave at Shanmukhananda auditorium to mark the party’s 51st anniversary.
“The choice of the presidential nominee should be in the larger interest of the entire country. Sena had put forward RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s name because we believe in Hindu Rashtra,” he added.
Uddhav said scientist M S Swaminathan too was a good choice as he is held in esteem for his contribution to the Green Revolution.
Uddhav said he would take the final decision on Kovind’s candidature after consultations with his colleagues on Tuesday. He also dared the BJP to hold midterm elections in Maharashtra.
“No political party should think that it is going to win every election…The situation in the state is fast changing.
Uddhav will have to back Kovind for the presidential polls as the Sena is NDA’s ally and shares power with the BJP in the state and at the Centre, said observers.
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