Prakash Ambedkar
Prakash Ambedkar

Mumbai: The Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), a much-discussed political outfit after its showing in the Lok Sabha election, on Monday announced its candidates for 142 assembly seats in Maharashtra.

The VBA, a coalition of various social groups, has already expressed its intension to contest all the 288 seats in Maharashtra, which will vote on October 21.

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai after announcing the names of 142 candidates, Ambedkar said, “The political front is for everyone and does not belong to any particular family or community.

“We will announce candidates on rest of the seats in the coming days.” The Dalit leader also took potshots at the Congress- NCP combine.

Commenting on the pre-poll alliance between the two main opposition parties, Ambedkar said, “It seems they do not have the confidence to win all the seats; hence they have not forged an alliance with us. Compared to them, vote share of the VBA had significantly increased in the Lok Sabha election.”

The VBA, a recent political phenomenon, had queered the pitch for the Congress-NCP candidates in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll in least 10 seats in the state, thereby helping BJP-Sena nominees to emerge victorious in these constituencies.

At that time, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) was also part of the VBA. However, the Hyderabad-based party has since parted ways with the VBA.

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