The Republican Party of India (RPI) headed by Ramdas Athawale is hopeful of having an alliance with Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
The RPI chief Ramdas Athawale had recently held discussion in this regard with the national president of BJP, JP Nadda. According to the UP president of RPI Pawan Bhai Gupta, the BJP central leaders have assured them about the alliance and very soon, a final decision regarding seats sharing would be taken.
He said that Ramdas Athawale has spoken to the UP chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also in this regard and discussions have been held with the BJP organizing secretary Suneel Bansal. Ramdas Athawale will be coming to Lucknow on July 31 to hold a meeting of RPI leaders and discuss the issue of state assembly elections. During his visit, Athawale will also meet UP chief Minister Yogi and other BJP leaders. RPI (Athawale) has formed its units in 45 districts of UP.
It may be mentioned that RPI (Athawale) has demanded for 8-10 seats from BJP in the coming UP assembly elections to contest. The RPI chief has said that a large number of leaders and workers from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have been joining it.