Athawale had sought two seats for the RPI(A) — one from Mumbai and the other from the remaining part of Maharashtra — citing that it was needed to keep his party workers enthused to work for the alliance.
Talking to mediapersons on Sunday, Athawale said he was of the opinion that RPI (A) should get at least one Lok Sabha seat to contest and was ready to approach BJP chief Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi if the issue is not resolved by the state BJP leadership.
Fisheries Minister and AIADMK spokeperson D Jayakumar said that Athawale’s opinion may not be the party’s. “This opinion has come from a minister, not the party. Let the BJP officially make their opinions,” he said.
And now Athawale prophesies that Rs 15 lakh will appear in accounts slowly, not speedily. The ghost of that long-forgotten promise fell athwart Athawale in Sangli district, where he was asked the traditional Indian question: “Where’s the money coming from?” Rashly, he answered.
A prominent Dalit leader from Maharashtra, Ramdas Athawale has been raising the issues concerning the Dalits in the government. In this edition of Idea Exchange, he talks about the community’s issues and answers questions on how India can counter cas