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RPI assures support to Sena-BJP alliance in lieu of Rajya Sabha seat for Athavale

Thackeray said he would also discuss the matter with BJP leaders.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: October 5, 2013 12:25 am

Republican Party of India chief Ramdas Athavale Friday said he expected one Rajya Sabha seat from Shiv Sena. In return,RPI would provide all support to the Sena-BJP alliance in the 2014 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Athavale held a meeting on Friday evening.

RPI (A) leader Arjun Dangle said: “The RPI has asked for one Rajya Sabha seat and three Lok Sabha seats. In return,we have promised our support in the Parliamentary and Assembly polls.” During the meeting,Thackeray said: “The Sena wants RPI to continue in the alliance. And we will surely consider the demands made by Athavale.”

Thackeray said he would also discuss the matter with BJP leaders.

There are three Rajya Sabha seats between Sena and BJP whose term will come to an end in April 2014. Athavale is vying for one of the seats for himself.

However,Sena-BJP leaders admitted that both sides would surely like to get at least one candidate each from their respective party. “For the third seat,which would require support from outside,a decision will be taken after discussion,” said a leader.

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