Bickering in united RPI to the fore; Gawai attacks Athawale
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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 misunderstanding."

"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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