Ambed­kar to an­nounce LS can­di­dates at rally on Feb 23

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Su­jit.Ma­hamulkar @times­group.com

Mum­bai: Bharipa Bahu­jan Ma­hasangh leader Prakash Ambed­kar said on Sun­day his party won’t have any al­liance with Congress un­less it draws an agenda to “dis­ci­pline RSS by en­sur­ing that it is reg­is­tered as a so­cial or a political or­gan­i­sa­tion and fol­lows the Con­sti­tu­tion”.

The Dalit leader said that they do not want RSS to be banned, but that Congress should come up with “an agenda to bring it un­der the con­sti­tu­tional frame­work”.

“We are ready to wait for the Congress re­sponse till the last mo­ment of the nom­i­na­tion process. If Congress fails to share an agenda on the is­sue, we will field our can­di­dates for Lok Sabha elec­tions,” said Ambed­kar, whose Van­chit Bahu­jan Aghadi (an al­liance of BBM and Asadud­din Owaisi-led AIMIM ) has planned a rally at Shivaji Park on Fe­bru­ary 23 to an­nounce can­di­dates for the Lok Sabha elec­tions.

Ambed­kar, whose party has one MLA in the Ma­ha­rash­tra assem­bly, has de­manded 12 Lok Sabha seats from the Con­gressNCP com­bine, but the two par­ties have of­fered only two. Ambed­kar said VBA will field can­di­dates in Mum­bai, Thane, Bhi­wandi, Raigadh, Maval, Rat­na­giri and Sind­hudurg. “The orig­i­nal res­i­dents of Mum­bai such as koli (Fish­er­men), Aa­gri, Mali and East In­dian com­mu­nity and trib­als have joined the VBA. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of these com­mu­nity will be con­test­ing the Lok Sabha polls as VBA can­di­dates,” added Ambed­kar.

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