Free Press Journal

Congress has Ambedkar to counter Athavale


Mumbai: The Congress Party, which is worried ever since RPI leader Ramdas Athvale joined hands with Shiv Sena, heaved a sigh of relief when Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, agreed to an alliance with the Congress for the ensuing Zila Parishad elections.

Keeping an eye on the Dalit votes, the Congress is joining hands with Ambedkar and another prominent Dalit leader Prof. Jogendra Kawade.

The seat- sharing formula between these three parties for the BMC will be finalised soon.

The alliance was announced at a joint press conference attended by Prakash Ambedkar and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

Ever since Athvale jumped onto

the Shiv Ssena- BJP bandwagon, the Congress was frantically searching for a powerful Dalit leader. Finally, it succeeded in roping in Ambedkar and Kawade.

The Congress will share seats with these two parties from its quota, agreed after deliberations with the NCP. While announcing the alliance for Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Councils, Ambedkar clarified that talks for seat adjustment in BMC are on course. The details will be ironed out on March three. Kawade is expected to get at least 8 seats. Congress and Kawade are sitting together on Monday morning to take a call on the issue.

NCP, too, has been scouting for Dalit partners. It has forged an understanding with Dalit leaders Gangadhar Gaade and Upendra Shende on the issue.