Lok Sabha Elections: RPI chief Ramdas Athawale wishes to replace Kirit Somaiya

Shiv Sena had earlier said that if Kirit Somaiya is given a ticket for Lok Sabha elections, the party will work to defeat him


Amid the ongoing suspense over the fate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirit Somaiya, Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale yet again expressed his willingness to contest the Lok Sabha elections which will be held in April next month. 

Athawale said that if Shiv Sena is not ready for Somaiya, BJP should consider his name for the same. The RPI chief earlier wished to contest the LS polls demanding two seats. 

However, the Shiv Sena and BJP alliance denied the same while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured Rajya Sabha term to Athawale. Meanwhile, the RPI chief announced that his party will stick to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

While addressing the press conference, RPI National Secretary Avinash Mahatekar and Mumbai RPI President Gautam Sonawane informed that Ramdas Athawale should be given the North-East LS seat in Mumbai in order to stop the ongoing tussle around it. However, there has been no response regarding this demand from either Shiv Sena or BJP.  

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Before forming an alliance in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena opposed the candidature of Kirit Somaiya for the Lok Sabha elections. Sena had threatened BJP that it will not only oppose Somaiya’s candidature but will also work to defeat him. Somiaya is a sitting MP from Mumbai North East LS constituency.

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