Bickering in united RPI to the fore; Gawai attacks Athawale

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 20:00

Mumbai: Trouble seems to be brewing in the
Republican Democratic Left Front (RDLF) with leader of a key
constituent flaying the working style of united Republican
Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athawale.

Rajendra Gawai, son of RPI (Gawai) founder and Kerala
Governor R S Gawai, has come down heavily on the "autocratic"
style of Athawale, alleging that the latter did not consult
with other Republican leaders before making important
poll-related announcements.
"It is only after Athawale makes the announcement at
press conferences or on stage on behalf of the united RPI that
we come to know about them," Rajendra said.

The Front, a coalition of 17 parties, hopes to take on
both the ruling Congress-NCP alliance and opposition Shiv
Sena-BJP combine in the October 13 assembly elections and is
contesting all 288 seats.

However, responding to Rajendra Gawai`s allegation,
Athawale told reporters here that "there is a misunderstanding
on his part. I will speak to him and remove the
"There is a difference of opinion on giving seats to Ram
Vilas Paswan`s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) in the state.
However, these could be resolved through consensus among RLDF
members," Athawale said.

"Paswan has demanded six seats and we can give five.
However, Gawai is against accommodating LJP as the party never
offered a seat to RPI in Bihar," Athawale said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 20:00

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