Mumbai Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Ready To Concede 4–5 Seats To VBA, Says Shiv Sena (UBT) Leader Sanjay Raut

Mumbai Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Ready To Concede 4–5 Seats To VBA, Says Shiv Sena (UBT) Leader Sanjay Raut

He was apparently unhappy that the Shiv Sena (UBT), which is a constituent of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), was not giving him “adequate” number of seats for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

FPJ News ServiceUpdated: Monday, March 25, 2024, 10:36 PM IST
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Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut | File

Mumbai: Days after Babasaheb Ambedkar called off the tie-up with the Shiv Sena (UBT), the Uddhav Thackeray-led party is trying to persuade the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) to remain in the alliance. On Saturday, VBA leader and grandson of Babasaheb Ambedkar, Prakash Ambedkar, had unilaterally declared that he was pulling out of the alliance with the Shiv Sena (UBT).

He was apparently unhappy that the Shiv Sena (UBT), which is a constituent of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), was not giving him “adequate” number of seats for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Shiv Sena (UBT) spokesperson Sanjay Raut said Ambedkar ought not to have declared the end of the alliance. “We were willing to concede four to five seats to the VBA. We are open to talks even now,” he added. Describing Ambedkar's decision as “unfortunate”, Raut said his party would do everything possible to keen the alliance between the two parties intact.

Noting that Ambedkar is a respectable leader with a good party organisation, Raut said MVA leaders held discussions and kept requesting him. “He should have accepted the (MVA) proposal. But we still have not lost hope on him,” he added.

Ambedkar may not be able win many seats on the basis of his own strength, but he can certainly damage the prospects of the candidates. He has also declared support for the Congress in seven seats.

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