RPI (A) leaders disappointed with BJP-Sena alliance in Maharashtra

Several leaders from the RPI (A) have expressed their disappointment after Shiv Sena fielded its candidates on the assembly seats where RPI (A) had intended to field theirs

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Ahead of 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections, Republican Party of India (A) seems disappointed with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena alliance. Ramdas Athawale-led RPI (A) is a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). 

Several leaders from the RPI (A) have expressed their disappointment after Shiv Sena fielded candidates on the assembly seats where RPI (A) had intended to field their candidates.

Under the NDA alliance in Maharashtra, the Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar assembly seat was left for RPI (A) and party’s Mumbai unit President Gautam Sonawane had decided to contest from the same constituency. 

However, after Shiv Sena fielded its candidate Vitthal Lokre from Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar and provided A-B form, Sonawane had to withdraw from contesting the assembly polls. This move taken by Shiv Sena has visibly upset the RPI (A) leaders. 

The BJP-led alliance had left a total of six seats for the RPI (A) including Malshiras, Phaltan, Pathri, Naigaon, Bhandara and Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar. 

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Mumbai RPI (A) President Gautam Sonawane is considered a close aide to Ramdas Athawale. After Shiv Sena’s move, Athawale convinced Sonawane to withdraw his nomination from Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar seat and assured him that justice will be done.

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