Stung by seat row with RPI, Dalit Panther to back Cong
By: Priyankka Deshpande Date: 2012-01-18 Place: Pune
Dalit Panther, a part and parcel of the RPI, will support the Congress
in the upcoming civic elections in the city and Pimpri-Chinchwad. The
decision was taken by Dalit Panther founder Namdeo Dhasal on Monday
after a seat-sharing dispute with the RPI in the city.
"We had a dispute with the RPI over seat-sharing in Ghorpadi Gaon in
the city, which impelled us to go with the Congress in the PMC and the
PCMC polls," Dhasal said yesterday. Earlier, in a recent press
conference, Dhasal had said that Dalit Panther had requested the RPI
to share five to six seats with it in the civic elections and if the
RPI could not do it, the option of going with other parties was open
to Dalit Panther.
"I met Congress leader Dr Patangrao Kadam a couple of days back and
extended our party's support to the Congress and demanded six and
three seats in PMC and PCMC polls respectively," said Dhasal. He said
the Congress Party had responded positively to the Dalit Panther
decision to support it and would let it know its decision on sharing
of seats in two to three days.
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