A day after Shiv Sena MP threatened to skip the crucial NDA meeting, BJP president Amit Shah personally called up Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday evening and invited him for the meeting to be held on April 10. This meeting takes place every month and Shiv Sena sends their senior MP for the meet. This year's meeting is crucial as presidential elections will be discussed.
So far BJP hasn't decided their final candidate for presidential elections. In this meeting of NDA's ally, they try to bring all NDA partners on the same platform. BJP fears Sena could turn headache for them as in past election Sena chose to vote for Congress Candidate Pratibha Patil for the post of President. At that time Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray cited the reason that Pratibha Patil is a Maharashtrian.
Though Shiv Sena is part of government at Center, but most of their moves are like of the Opposition and thus what stand Shiv Sena will take at the last movement cannot be predicted. According to a highly placed source in BJP, Amit Shah personally invited Uddhav Thackeray just to ensure that Sena also supports BJP candidate for presidential election.
543 Lok Sabha and 233 Rajya Sabha MPs will vote for in the upcoming July presidential elections. Total 776 MPs will vote for this election. Every vote of one MP is valued at 706. There are total 4120 MLAs in India. 776 MPs + 4120 MLAs = 4896 (as per Electoral College)
In every state, value of an MLAs vote is different. For instance in Maharashtra, the value of one MLA's vote is considered as 175. Shiv Sena has got 21MPs (21 X 708= 14,686) + 63MLAs (63 X 175= 11,025). In total Sena has got 25,000 crucial votes for presidential elections which BJP certainly doesn't want to loose at any cost.