‘BJP-RPI will put up good show in local Mum polls’
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Last Updated: Friday, November 18, 2011, 23:28
Nashik: Republican Party of India (RPI) president Ramdas Athawale on Friday supported the Shiv Sena and BJP's demand for a minimum support price of Rs 6,000 per quintal of cotton.

Talking to reporters here, the former Lok Sabha MP said the demand was justified. RPI will take out a "funeral procession" of the Congress-NCP-led Democratic Front government in Mumbai tomorrow, he said.

Athawale hoped the newly formed Sena-BJP-RPI alliance will win majority of the municipal council and corporation polls due early next year as Dalit voters have changed their mind considering his party's 20-year-long "bad experience" of allying with Congress and NCP.

Asked whether RPI was following Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's pattern of "social engineering" in the local body polls in Maharashtra, he said "we are adopting political engineering."

To a question, the former Minister said BJP won the last month's bypoll to Khadakwasla Assembly seat in Pune district due to RPI's Dalit votes.

The RPI leader slammed Union Minister Sharad Pawar, saying he had formed his party NCP over the foreign origin issue of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, but later joined hands with the same outfit.

"Both Congress and NCP came together for power. But the Shiv Sena, BJP and RPI have come together on the basis of a common programme," Athawale maintained.

Athawale demanded 30 seats in the poll-bound Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), currently ruled by the saffron combine.

Supporting social worker Anna Hazare's agitation for a strong Lokpal Bill, Athawale said the Gandhian should take RPI members on his core committee.


First Published: Friday, November 18, 2011, 23:28

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