Only 1 on board, but RPI helps Sena-BJP gain in Dalit pockets
Express news service Posted online: Sun Feb 19 2012, 04:48 hrs
Mumbai : The Ramdas Athavale-led Republican Party of India (RPI) group
won just one seat in the BMC elections but seem to have helped the
Sena-BJP garner votes in predominantly Dalit pockets in the city.
RPI joined hands with the ruling saffron alliance ahead of the
elections and were given 29 seats to contest. Gangster D K Rao's
brother Sabareddy Malyesh Bora who contested from Dharavi (ward number
175) on RPI ticket has been elected from the constituency. RPI has
registered some wins in the other municipal corporations in the state.
RPI leaders said though they had not been able to win as many seats as
expected, their workers had mobilised support for Sena candidates in
Dharavi area and areas like Siddharth Colony.Sena candidate Anusha
Kodam has won from the Dharavi Transit camp while BJP candidate
Rajshri Palande has won from Siddharth colony.
"We have ensured the defeat of Congress-NCP," said senior RPI leader
He said in some areas Sena-BJP needed a little over 600 votes to win
and RPI presence in these areas helped them to do so.
He said as the RPI was allotted a symbol only four days before the
election, it posed a problem. "Party workers of all three parties
worked hard, but the hurdle of a symbol remained. We couldn't reach
out to many voters affiliated with Sena-BJP to convey our symbol. This
may have affected the result in at least seven seats," said Dangle.
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