If you are Rakhi Sawant you can join a political party every month. But then you have to be Rakhi to be able to do that. For lesser mortals, even top politicians, jumping parties is not that easy.
So when Rakhi joined Ramdas Athawale’s Republican Party of India a few days back, it was the third party she joined in 2014. First she joined the BJP… or let’s say gatecrashed the party. She got a couple of photo-ops, but the saffron party seemed far from welcoming. So Rakhi called herself the daughter of the BJP, had some tea and left.
Then she settled for the Rashtriya Aam party — no relation to the Aam Aadmi Party — which actually has the poll symbol of chilli. She ended up joining and fighting the polls for this party. She made an impressive poll debut and polled all of 1,995 votes in her Mumbai North West constituency. It is merely academic that Shiv Sena’s Gajanan Kirtikar polled 4,64,820 votes to finally win the seat.
However, her disappointment at losing the keenly contested election was, in her own words, allayed by the BJP’s impressive victory. It does not matter that the BJP was not her party. At least someone won.
Thankfully, Rakhi seems to have read the Election Commission rule that “that no member of the party is a member of any other political party registered with the Election Commission of India.”
So in an exclusive chat with The Indian Express, Rakhi said she was resigning from the RAP as “I have learned that you can win only when you are affiliated to a big party”.
That big party seems to be Athawale’s RPI. With elections in Maharashtra just months away, Rakhi certainly sees another good opportunity to serve the nation. We are not sure her voters, wherever they might be, …continued »