Accusing the BJP of not fulfiling its promise of giving a ministerial berth to RPI in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet, its chief Ramdas Athawale on Thursday asked the saffron party to get its act right, or risk the breakdown of 'Mahayuti'.
Republican Party of India chief Ramdas Athawale, who met Uddhav Thackeray here on Friday, said the Shiv Sena is ready to form an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for government formation in Maharashtra.
Even as BJP is playing a hardball with its estranged ally Shiv Sena over formation of government in Maharashtra, apparently in view of NCP offering an unconditional outside support, RPI (A) chief Ramdas Athawale today caused a flutter claiming that BJP state unit president Devendra Fadnavis is in favour of allying with Shiv Sena.
The squabbling over allocation of number of seats to parties constituting 'Mahayuti' (grand alliance of Shiv Sena, BJP and four junior partners) continued on Wednesday with three small partners of the saffron constituents deciding to quit the combine.
As major political coalitions in Maharashtra continue to squabble over seat sharing for the October 15 Assembly elections, attempts at poaching the rivals are afoot with RPI(A) leader Ramdas Athawale on Thursday claiming he was invited by NCP chief Sharad Pawar to join hands with his party.
With the seat-sharing talks between BJP and Shiv Sena making no headway, the RPI, a constituent of opposition 'Mahayuti' (grand alliance) in Maharashtra, on Tuesday asked the leaders of two saffron parties to resolve the differences and unite to overthrow the Congress-NCP regime.
RPI(A) chief Ramdas Athawale, whose party is one of the constituents of Mahayuti supporting the NDA government, Wednesday sought to put the Sena-BJP led alliance on notice over allocation of seats for forthcoming Assembly elections, saying the dalit outfit will go alone if it is given a raw deal by the "bigger parties".
Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale on Friday visited Malin village in the Pune district where landslide struck on Wednesday morning, and said he would donate his one month`s salary as Rajya Sabha member to the Chief Minister`s relief fund.
Ramdas Athawale-led RPI(A), a constituent of the Mahayuti (grand alliance) led by Shiv Sena-BJP, on Tuesday scaled down its demand from 47 seats to 20 in the alliance for the forthcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls.
After her miserable electoral debut in Lok Sabha elections, Bollywood starlet Rakhi Sawant today joined Ramdas Athawale-led RPI and said she would not hesitate to contest the upcoming assembly polls against MNS chief Raj Thackeray.
Seeking a cabinet berth in the central government after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) forms the next government, Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale said here on Tuesday that Narendra Modi would provide a strong government.