Mr Shah is in the city to formally seek Sena's support for the Presidential candidate for the NDA - a contentious issue since the party has indicted that it might vote "independently" in the Presidential elections.
In the last two elections - in 2007 and 2012 - it had supported UPA candidates Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee. This time, the Sena is rooting for Mohan Bhagwat - the chief of BJP's ideological candidate Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or the RSS. The BJP had maintained silence on the idea and Mr Bhagwat had nixed it.
With its 18 parliamentarians and 63 legislators, the Sena has control over 25,893 votes of the presidential collegium. If it chooses to support the BJP, it could help the NDA candidate to get elected comfortably. The BJP has also reached out to the opposition. Central ministers Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu have met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi this morning. In the afternoon, the three-member team formed to develop consensus on a Presidential candidate will meet CPM's Sitaram Yechury.
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