Athawale told PTI,”Mayawati has, for quite some time, been shying away from herself fighting polls, be it for the state Assembly or the Lok Sabha. We would like to see if she is going to change that this time. If she does, we would field Rakhi Sawant who is our women’s wing president, from the very seat the BSP chief chooses for herself.”
Rakhi Sawant at a press conference
“Our party is an integral part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and hence we would like to fight the upcoming assembly polls in alliance with the party which is our senior coalition partner. But if such an alliance does not materialise, RPI will go ahead and field its candidates in more than 200 out of 403 assembly segments of UP,” Athawale said.
The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment believes that Dalits of UP are yearning for an alternative. Republican Party of India was formed in late 1950 and its ideology based on Scheduled Castes’ Federation of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar. It has considerable following amongst Dalits of Maharashtra.