Bombay: The Shiv Sena has broken ranks with the NDA and pledged its support to the UPA’s presidential nominee Pratibha Patil. Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said the party supported Ms. Patil as she was from Maharashtra. Sena chief Bal Thackeray said the party was constantly faced with the question whether it would support a “Hindu” or a “Marathi” candidate: “We are both Marathi and staunch Hindu.”
New Delhi: Former external affairs minister K. Natwar Singh of the Congress was a surprise signatory to the nomination papers of Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekawat for the presidential poll. Singh said he backed Shekhawat because he was a “son” of Rajasthan.