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Monday, 17 October 2011

Athawale eyes more seats in civic polls

AMRAVATI: RPI (A) president Ramdas Athawale has set his eyes on winning more seats in the upcoming elections to various civic bodies in Maharashtra. His desire to field more RPI candidates in civic polls comes even as the newly-formed Shiv Shakti-Bhim Shakti alliance has started to yield 'positive' results.

"We expect to get at least 40 seats in Mumbai alone," he said, adding, "The confusion over seat sharing would end soon. Khadakwasla by-election victory has vindicated our coming together (Shiv Shakti-Bhim Shakti), which must be an eye opener for the Congress-NCP alliance."

Taking a potshot at Anna and his coterie, he said, "If Anna Hazare wants to preserve his clean image, he should keep a distance from Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi."

He also criticized the government's tall claims of making Maharashtra load-shedding free state by 2012, terming it as a farce. On Balasaheb Thackeray's statement on Chaityabhumi land issue, Athawale said that Balasaheb should not have commented on that. "I will soon discuss the issue with him," he said. He demanded that instead of renaming Dadar, Mumbai Central should be named after Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.


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