Monday, January 30, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Athawale fumes over dalit outfits joining hands with Cong-NCP

Athawale fumes over dalit outfits joining hands with Cong-NCP
PTI | 09:01 PM,Jan 30,2012

Mumbai, Jan 30 (PTI) The Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas
Athawale today criticised dalit leaders Prakash Ambedkar and Jogendra
Kawade for sealing alliance with the Congress and NCP for the upcoming
civic polls. "When I was with Congress, the party did not take along
even a single (dalit) leader. It's good that they (BBM and PRP) have
formed an alliance with Congress and NCP. It will make no impact on
us. Congress has netted two fishes in the form of Prakash Ambedkar and
Jogendra Kawade," the RPI chief added. He was speaking after releasing
the list of six candidates from his party for the BrihanMumbai
Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections while training his guns on
Prakash Ambedkar and Jogendra Kawade, the presidents of Bharipa
Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) and People's Republican Party (PRP)
respectively, for forging alliance with Congress and NCP combine. RPI
which is contesting the city civic poll in alliance with Shiv Sena and
BJP, has been allocated 29 seats out of which the dalit outfit has
ceded two seats to Dalit Panther Party led by Namdeo Dhasal.
Meanwhile, speaking about the cracks developed in the mega alliance of
Shiv Sena, BJP and RPI in some municipal corporations like Nashik,
Nagpur etc, RPI chief Ramdas Athawale said, "As the dispute is between
the saffron alliance partners, the things are becoming difficult". PTI

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