RPI Bahujan Mahasangh joins hands with NCP
By: Vivek Sabnis Date: 2012-01-17 Place: Pune
Even though the Republic Party of India's (RPI) Bahujan Mahasangh (BM)
has been protesting against the Lavasa project for the past eight
years, the party has now joined hands with the Nationalist Congress
Party (NCP) for the civic election.
The party has claimed that it will continue its agitation against the
project, which reportedly has NCP's backing. Prakash Ambedkar,
president of RPI BM, who was in talks with NCP chief Sharad Pawar and
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, made a formal announcement after
meeting Madhukar Pichad, general secretary, NCP, in Mumbai recently.
"We are keeping Congress away, as they do not like Dalits. We will be
collaborating with the NCP," said Ambedkar.
Kiran Kadam, president, RPI BM, Pune, said, "The alliance with NCP
is only for the PMC poll. We will continue to protest against Lavasa.
The project is not only consuming water meant for the city, but is
also destroying the nature in Maval district."
"So far, we have received around 200 applications. Interviews will be
conducted on January 19 and 20 to shortlist candidates," said P S
Gaikwad, vice president, RPI BM, Pune.
RPI factions and their poll dance
The RPI factions are active in the municipal elections in Pune. While
RPI's Ramdas Athawale faction has joined hands with the BJP and the
Shiv Sena, the Jogendra Kawade faction has decided to go to polls all
alone. Kawade will contest 50 seats each in the Pimpri-Chinchwad
Municipal Corporation and the Pune Municipal Corporation. Kawade
faction had won total 35 seats in civic polls across the state.
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