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Thackeray residence not in Kovind's itinerary during Mumbai

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The NDA's presidential nominee, Ram Nath Kovind, is not scheduled to meet president at his residence when he visits on Saturday, sources said today.

As per Kovind's itinerary, he will reach at 10 am on July 15 and will go to the Garware Club in south Mumbai, where he is scheduled to address a meeting of MPs and legislators in the state.

"He will proceed to the airport after the programme," a leader said.

Significantly, and Pratibha Patil, as presidential candidates of the UPA, had visited the then supremo at his residence 'Matoshree' in suburban Bandra as the party had broken ranks with the in the past two elections for the highest constitutional office.

Uddhav had announced his party's support for Kovind after a meeting of the leaders here last month.

"Kovind is a good candidate, a straight-forward person from a simple family and has the potential to work for the country's benefit," he had said, after dithering for a day following the announcement of Kovind's candidature by the BJP, followed by its endorsement by most other partners.

The Sena's announcement to support Kovind had come amid sever strains in the relations of the party with the over a host of issues.

The party had earlier pitched for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat as its first preference for the top office.

Sena MP Sanjay Raut had said, "If India has to be made a 'Hindu Rashtra', Bhagwat will be a good choice for President."

After Bhagwat ruled himself out of the race, the Sena suggested agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan's name for the post, saying he will be able to provide solutions to the deepening agrarian crisis in several parts of the country.

Amit Shah had met Thackeray last month at 'Matoshree' to enlist the party's support for the NDA's presidential candidate. Sena has 18 MPs and 63 MLAs.

The voting for the presidential election is scheduled on July 17 and the counting will take place on July 20, four days before President Pranab Mukherjee's term ends.

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 17:07 IST