Lok Sabha election: Ramdas Athawale demands 1-2 seats for RPI in alliance with BJP in Kerala, Assam, Maharashtra

Republican Party of India chief Ramdas Athawale is keen to put up one to two candidates in the coming Lok Sabha polls in Kerala in alliance with the BJP

Asian News International March 10, 2019 12:24:13 IST
Lok Sabha election: Ramdas Athawale demands 1-2 seats for RPI in alliance with BJP in Kerala, Assam, Maharashtra
  • RPI chief Ramdas Athawale is keen to put up one to two candidates in the Lok Sabha polls in Kerala in alliance with the BJP

  • He said he wants to field an equal number of candidates in Assam and Maharashtra

  • Athawale said that if the BJP does not accept their demands, the RPI will contest at least three to four seats in the state on its own

Kochi: The Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale is keen to put up one to two candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Kerala and an equal number of candidates in Assam and Maharashtra in alliance with the BJP.

Athawale, who was here to attend the conference of his party workers, said, “If the BJP fails to concede to our demand of one to two seats in Kerala, then the RPI will contest at least three to four seats in the state on its own.”

Lok Sabha election Ramdas Athawale demands 12 seats for RPI in alliance with BJP in Kerala Assam Maharashtra

File image of Ramdas Athawale. PTI

“I will also talk to BJP national president Amit Shah and would ask for one or two Lok Sabha seats in Assam and Maharashtra my party candidates,” he told media persons here.

“I have talked to Kerala’s BJP unit president Sreedharan Pillai. There are 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala. If the BJP doesn’t leave a few seats for us, then we will contest on 3-4 seats on our own,” he said.

“But on the remaining 14-15 seats, we will support the BJP in Kerala,” he said.

RPI is an ally of the BJP-led NDA from Maharashtra. A Rajya Sabha MP Athawale is Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment.

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