Expedite seat sharing formula, Athawale tells Shiv Sena-BJP

Republican Party of India RPI (Athawale) on Friday expressed hope that it would get at least 14 seats from the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance for the coming Maharashtra state Assembly elections.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 05, 2014, 21:22 PM IST

Nagpur: Republican Party of India RPI (Athawale) on Friday expressed hope that it would get at least 14 seats from the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance for the coming Maharashtra state Assembly elections.

"This is crucial for us since it will help us regain recognition from the Election Commission (EC)," Ramdas Athawale told reporters here today.

He has urged the Sena-BJP alliance to expedite its seat sharing formula at the earliest.

The 14 seats demanded by the RPI are mostly located in Vidarbha and include Nagpur-North, Wardha, Katol, Badnera, Arjuni Morgaon, Washim and Balapur, among others, he said.

Trying to find a foothold for his party, Athawale has also demanded nationalisation of land and said he would soon concentrate on taking this matter forward.

"I believe the time has come for nationalisation of the country's land resources. The government should take it over and re-distribute it among landless farmers and the poor at 5 acres per family," Rajya Sabha MP Athawale said.