Divided RPI-Divided Dalit Votes
Mumbai - BMC elections are nearing and all political parties are trying their best to prove their worth. However the RPI seems to be divided due to various factions.
RPI(A) party which is headed by Ramdas Athawale who earlier supported the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party now is supporting Bhartiya Janta Party. Likewise, Professor Jogendra Kawade of People’s Republican Party is supporting Congress , they will be contesting from seven seats.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena who was left alone after the break up got the support of Republican Janshakti Party’s President Arjun Dangle. NCP too got the support from RPI’s Kharat faction (Pune) which is headed by Sachin Kharat.
At the same time, RPI’s Gavai faction tried joining Congress and other parties but his efforts went in vain. Finally, he got a chance to join Congress party in Amravati. Prakash Ambedkar’s Bhartiya Bahujan Party did not join hands with any party but his brother Anandraj Ambedkar joined hands with the Bahujan Samaj party.
The Dalit movement gave rise to all these leaders who have now parted ways for political gains. This has left the Dalit voters unsure of whom to vote. Looks like the Dalit leaders have forgotten th thumb rule- United we stand, Divided we fall.