Ram Nath Kovind may not meet Uddhav Thackeray during Mumbai visit on July 15
Mumbai city news: Incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee and his predecessor Pratibha Patil had visited the Thackeray residence before the polls.mumbai Updated: Jul 13, 2017 00:04 IST
Ram Nath Kovind, the National Democratic Alliance’s presidential candidate, will visit Mumbai on Saturday as part of his campaigning ahead of the polls on Monday. But he is unlikely to meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at his residence Matoshree.
Incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee and his predecessor Pratibha Patil had visited the Thackeray residence before the polls to garner support of Shiv Sena legislators.
Kovind is expected to go to Garware Club from the airport to address NDA MPs and MLAs and then leave Mumbai after lunch. For a change, the Shiv Sena has not yet taken this as a slight.
“BJP president Amit Shah met with Uddhavji to discuss the presidential polls and their candidate. The Sena has given its support to Kovind, so it doesn’t matter if he visits Matoshree,” said a Sena minister.
However, it is not clear if Sena legislators and MPs will attend Kovind’s address at Garware Club.
The Sena’s backing for Kovind came a day after most other allies and other parties declared their support. While the party is part of the Central and the state governments, relations between the saffron allies are at their lowest point. The Sena had suggested RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as the candidate for the presidential polls.
There was no plan to get Kovind to call on Thackeray for his approval, a source from the BJP said.