The story of BJP-Shiv Sena Alliance and Dissatisfied Ramdas Athawale

Of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena and BJP have decided to contest the upcoming LS polls together on 25 and 23 seats, respectively, while leaving RPI with no seats

The story of BJP-Shiv Sena Alliance and Dissatisfied Ramdas Athawale

After Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on February 18 announced their alliance in the upcoming Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly elections, Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale divulged his resentment. 

Earlier in 2014, Athawale joined hands with National Democratic Alliance (NDA) while ending the alliance with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). In the recent development in Maharashtra politics, RPI has been sidelined and has not been given any LS seat. 

Speaking at an event, Athawale said that he took efforts for Shiv Sena and BJP alliance to work out but his party was abandoned. Athawale further asserted that his presence was necessary during the announcement regarding the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. 

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While accusing its allies of ignoring the party, Athawale stated that BJP must recognise their support and said that this mistake can be rectified by providing RPI LS seat in Maharashtra. Of the 48 LS seats, BJP and Shiv Sena have decided to contest Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra on 25 and 23 seats, respectively.

Earlier, Athawale had expressed his intentions to contest upcoming LS poll from South-Central constituency in Mumbai. The South Central LS constituency in Mumbai is currently held by Shiv Sena.

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