Alliance with Shiv Sena-BJP under consideration: Athawale
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 21:56
Mumbai: Hinting of forging an alliance with Shiv Sena-BJP combine in Maharashtra ahead of the civic polls, Republican Party of India (RPI) faction leader Ramdas Athawale today said that his party was organising a rally here on May 22 after which the future course of action will be decided.

Talking to reporters here, Athawale said more than one lakh party workers from Mumbai, besides from across the state, are likely to attend the rally.

"This (the rally) would be our response to critics who say that I am planning to switch over to Sena-BJP camp since I have no strength left of my own," the dalit leader said adding that "there was no looking back for him now".

The theme of the rally is growing corruption, price rise and atrocities against dalits under the congress-NCP rule, he said.

"The alliance with Sena-BJP is under serious consideration. It will be announced at the right time. We have to work out a common minimum programme and other modalities with Sena-BJP combine," Athawale said.

Taking on NCP, the dalit leader said "In 1999, the NCP was formed opposing the foreign origin of Sonia Gandhi. Sharad Pawar was expelled from the Congress. But, within two months, the two parties joined hands to form the government in the state and showed that they can go to any extent of compromise for the sake of power."

When asked about raging controversy surrounding Maharashtra State Co-operative bank, Athawale said "It would not be proper only to blame deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar for the crisis in the bank. Both, Congress and NCP are responsible for it, he said.

Athawale recently met Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray as a part of efforts to form an alliance with the combine against ruling Congress-NCP in the state.


First Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 21:56

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