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The Sena MP said Thackeray may "answer many questions later this evening" when he will address the party workers on the Shiv Sena's 51st foundation day.

The presidential election is expected to be a close affair this time as neither the ruling BJP nor the opposition parties have the numbers on their side to unilaterally elect the next president of India, the highest post in the country. BJP's Maharashtra unit chief Raosaheb Dhanve was not part of the deliberations though he accompanied Shah to Matoshree, Thackeray's residence. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis was present during the meeting. Mr Thackeray remained firm on two names for the race - RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and scientist M.S. Swaminathan.

Mumbai: BJP president Amit Shah today ruled out resumption of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan anytime soon, saying the two countries would continue to play against each other in worldwide tournaments. There is no consensus candidate at this point - with the BJP yet to name its candidate and most of the opposition parties insisting that they can only come to a decision when a name is announced.

Lauding Modi for enacting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) law, the BJP leader said nobody else had the "daring or capability" to do it.

Though the Bharatiya Janata Party chief did not disclose the names of any candidate for the post of President, he sought Thackeray's support for the NDA nominee who would be announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Till July, the Sena would continue to play truant and embarrass the BJP on several fronts. It is a numbers game and we need the Sena.

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"We wish them all the best". Talking about snap polls is one thing and actually calling it is another. "If the government tries to cheat them, Sena will throw the loan waiver papers as trash", he said.

He said the Sena wants to work for social causes in the state keeping aside politics of religion. "This is a big victory for the CM", the functionary said.

Voting for the presidential election is scheduled on July 17, and counting is on July 20 - four days before President Pranab Mukherjee's term ends.

There are 67 members from Maharashtra in Parliament - 48 in the Lok Sabha and 19 in the Rajya Sabha. The population figure is frozen at 1971.

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