RPI chief Ramdas Athawale to continue next Rajya Sabha term?

RPI chief Ramdas Athawale had earlier expressed his willingness to contest the Lok Sabha election in April this year from Mumbai’s South Central constituency

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Minister of State (MoS) for Social Justice, and Republican Party of India (RPI) chief, Ramdas Athawale on Sunday claimed that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured him another Rajya Sabha term along with the cabinet berth. 

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured me that my term for the Rajya Sabha will continue. Also, CM Fadnavis will try to get me a cabinet berth or independent charge at the centre,” claimed Athawale while talking to the media. 

Earlier, Ramdas Athawale had expressed his willingness to contest the Lok Sabha election being held in April this year. Athawale wanted to contest the LS poll from Mumbai’s South Central seat. However, Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena alliance named the sitting MP Rahul Shewale for the same. 

Athawale said that RPI will remain with the National Democratic Alliance led by the BJP. This happened after the current small allies to BJP-Shiv Sena met CM Fadnavis.

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Along with the RPI chief, Rashtriya Samaj Paksha founder Mahadev Jankar, Sadhu Khot of the Rayat Kranti Sanghatana, and Vinayak Mete of Shiv Sangram also met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.  

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