We are not concerned with what Jankar or Shetti have said.”

Mumbai : RPI (A) leader Ramdas Athawale, in an apparent mode of peace broker, advised BJP and Shiv Sena both to keep the alliance intact and said that wrath of Maharashtra voters will affect both in case the alliance breaks.

“Mahayuti is the only ray of hope left for Maharashtra. People want a change. They will get disappointed if the alliance breaks and such disappointed people will not spare anybody,” Athawale said at a ‘meet the press’ programme organised by the Mantralaya Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh on Monday.

When asked whether his party would part away with seats to keep the alliance intact, Athawale replied in negative. “If they are adamant, we are super adamant,” he said. “We are not concerned with what Jankar or Shetti have said,” he added.

He also said that his party has strength to field upto 200 candidates at a very short notice, if the need arises. “Though our candidates won’t win, they will eat away sizable votes,” Athawale said.

Athawale also made it clear that his party has not yet made up its mind to fight the polls alone and he himself feels that the alliance will be intact. He ducked a question on which side he will be in case the alliance breaks, but later said that he will support the party which will support his party’s agenda. “BJP has honoured me by electing me to the Rajya Sabha,” Athawale said shedding a light on his inclination. But, he also warned them by saying, “Sena-BJP should not take us for granted.”

“My party’s experiments with social engineering are bearing good fruits and many people from outside the Scheduled Casts too have started joining our party,” Athawale stressed.

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