We are opposed to Hindutva: Athavale

Republican Party of India (A) chief Ramdas Athavale said Wednesday he was opposed to Hindutva and was with Shiv Sena and BJP only to defeat Congress-NCP.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 11, 2014 5:03 pm

Republican Party of India (A) chief Ramdas Athavale said Wednesday he was opposed to Hindutva and was with Shiv Sena and BJP only to defeat Congress-NCP.

He said seat-sharing talks had begun and his party was demanding at least eight Lok Sabha and 30-35 Assembly seats.

“Since the time of Sena chief the late Bal Thackeray,we have been against Hindutva. We are with Sena and BJP only because we want Congress and NCP to lose power in the state,” said Athavale.

He said RPI (A) was keen to contest eight Lok Sabha seats. It is likely to demand Ramtek,Latur,North Mumbai,Kalyan and Pune. “We have already started negotiating with the top brass of Sena. We also expect cooperation from BJP leaders,” said Athavale.

Breaking its alliance with Congress-NCP,RPI (A) joined hands with the saffron combine in May 2011. Denial of a Rajya Sabha seat to Athavale by Congress,its alliance partner for two decades,prompted the decision.

The SS-BJP-RPI (A) alliance won the February 2012 elections to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. RPI (A) contested 29 seats but won only one,with party leaders complaining they were given seats that are Congress-NCP strongholds.

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