4 Dec, 2011, 05.54PM IST, PTI
UP polls: Republican Party of India to contest 250 seats
LUCKNOW: The Republican Party of India, led by Ramdas Athawale, will
contest 250 out of 403 seats in next year's Assembly election in Uttar
"The party is gearing up to field 250 candidates in the election. The
list of 100 nominees will be issued soon," he told reporters here.
Attacking the Mayawati-led BSP government in Uttar Pradesh, Athawala
said it had failed to solve problems of dalits.
"The government has failed on all fronts. Corruption has increased and
the law and order has deteriorated during the BSP regime," he said.
The RPI will field 40 per cent dalit candidates in the upcoming UP
assembly election, the party head said.
On Rahul Gandhi's recent remark about UP migrants, he said "the
Congress has ruled the country and the state for a maximum period of
time and if the people from UP have to go to other states for
employment then the party is responsible for this."
Favouring passage of the Lokpal bill in the current session of
Parliament, he said the Prime Minister should be brought under its
On the FDI in retail, Athawale said it is dangerous for economic
freedom of the country.
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