Monday, January 30, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Congress allies with Ambedkar’s grandson

Congress allies with Ambedkar's grandson
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, January 30, 2012

Eyeing Dalit votes in the state, the Congress party has forged a
pre-poll alliance with Prakash Ambedkar's Bharipa (Bharatiya
Republican Party) Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) for the zilla parishad and
panchayat samiti elections on February 7.

On Sunday, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan
and Prakash Ambedkar, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar's grandson, announced the
alliance. The parties could go together for the civic polls in Mumbai
and other places too. The announcement to this effect would be made in
a day or two, said Chavan. State Congress president Manikrao Thakre
also confirmed that talks for finalising the alliance for the
elections for ten municipal corporations on February 16 were underway.

Congress has an alliance with an RPI group led by Jogendra Kawade. The
alliance with BBM — after a gap of 14 years — is significant, as the
other RPI group led by Ramdas Athawale has joined hands with the Shiv

From 1999-2004, the BBM was given a share in the Congress-led
Democratic Front government. This time, the Nationalist Congress Party
(NCP) had offered to ally with the BBM. The plan, however, didn't work
out as Prakash Ambedkar reportedly asked NCP for a nomination to the
Rajya Sabha. The development is seen as Congress's way of snubbing
senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar, a day after
his party admitted a Congress leader from Hingoli. "We have decided to
form this alliance to give a fitting reply to communal forces
[Sena-BJP] in the state," said Ambedkar.

Now, Ambedkar along with the Congress will challenge the NCP in ZP
polls, where the Congress-NCP does not have an alliance.


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