Mumbai | Union Minister and Chief of Republican Party of India (RPI) Ramdas Athawale has demanded a ministerial position for his party in the Maharashtra government.
“We demand that a minister post be given to Republican Party of India (RPI) in the Maharashtra government. We have always stood by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), even when the Shiv Sena decided to go alone for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. We had put forth this demand earlier, and will bring it up again before Fadnavis,” he said while speaking to media.
We demand that a MLC and a minister post be given to Republican Party of India(RPI) in Maharashtra Govt. We have always stood by BJP, even when Shiv Sena decided to go alone for 2019: Ramdas Athawale,Union Minister and RPI Chief pic.twitter.com/t3ra6LUrg5
— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2018
The RPI chief further said that he along with other leaders had suggested that the two parties should hold talks to try and keep the alliance intact. However, the Shiv Sena has been unresponsive to the same. The Shiv Sena had earlier announced that it would win the next Maharashtra Assembly Elections on its own and will the play the role of a kingmaker in the 2019 general elections.
The State party had accused BJP of doing injustice with the nation at various fronts and stated that the party would opt out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).