'Shiv Sena's Dalit hatred behind denial of seat to Athavale'
Express news service Posted online: Mon Mar 19 2012, 11:06 hrs
Mumbai : The Congress has said the Shiv Sena's denial of a Rajya Sabha
nomination to Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athavale is a
reflection of the party's hatred towards the Dalit community.
"The Shiv Sena's denial to Athavale is a final blow to the concept of
Mahayuti," said Sachin Sawant, spokesperson of the Maharashtra Pradesh
Though the post-poll analysis of results in Mumbai showed the Dalit
vote had been split in the financial capital, Sawant said it was
evident from the nagar panchayat, panchayat samiti, zilla parishad and
corporation election results that the Mahayuti—or the alliance of the
Shiv Sena, Bharatiya Janata Party and theRPI(A) — had not been
accepted by the people of Maharashtra.
"The performance of the RPI, Shiv Sena and BJP was dismal in rural Maharashtra.
Even in the cities, the RPI could not get any noticeable success," Sawant said.
According to him, while the Sena-BJP had won 112 seats without the RPI
in the 2007 polls to the BrihanmumbaiMunicipal Corporation, the
seat-sharing alliance with the RPI has led to a reduced tally for the
saffron combine. "This means the Dalit votes have not been transferred
to the saffron alliance. Also, out of 29 seats that RPI contested,
they managed to win only one seat. In the remaining 28 seats, the RPI
has won a meagre number of votes," Sawant said. "This means the
traditional saffron votes were also not transferred to Dalit
Calling the alliance an opportunist initiative, the Congress leader
said Athavale himself had been more keen to corner an RS nomination
than give meaningful representation to the Dalit community.
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