Mumbai: Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday slammed Prakash Ambedkar for `trying to split’ anti-BJP votes, and praised MNS chief Raj Thackeray for his effective campaign against Prime Minister Prakash Ambedkar.
Ambedkar, a prominent Dalit face, is contesting the election under the banner of Vanchit Aghadi, joining hands with the AIMIM, after alliance talks with the Congress fell through. “Ambedkar’s ulterior motive is clear. He wants to divide anti-Modi votes. Ambedkar hopes that the fact he is direct descendant of Dr B R Ambedkar will get him votes.
He tried to use Ambedkar’s name in Akola in 2014 but came in third,” Chavan told PTI in an interview. The former Maharashtra chief minister said except Solapur, where Ambedkar himself is in the fray, there will be a straight fight everywhere between the alliances led by Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena.
“I don’t think Ambedkar will make a dent in Congress-NCP’s prospects. Dalits should reflect that voting for Ambedkar will be like helping Modi. If you want to support Modi, vote for him directly,” he said. Minority communities will vote for a candidate who the has the best chance of defeating Modi, Chavan said.
“BSP, Samajwadi Party, Vanchit Aghadi will not impact the Congress-NCP’s chances as it is made out to be. Except Ambedkar, none of his candidates stand a chance…BSP has some influence in East Vidarbha. But the party may not succeed this time,” he said.