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Owaisi-Ambedkar alliance to contest all 48 seats in Maharashtra

Ambedkar is likely to contest from Solapur Lok Sabha seat against Sushilkumar Shinde

Tuesday March 12, 2019 7:49 PM, ummid.com News Network

Prakash Ambedkar

Akola (Maharashtra): Ruling out any pre-poll tie-up with the Congeress and NCP in Maharashtra, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi - the alliance formed by Prakash Ambedkar and Asaduddin Owaisi, has decided to field candidates on all 48 seats of the state.

Making the announcement in Akola district, Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of the architect of Indian Constitution Dr B R Ambedkar, and founder of the Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh, said no further talks would be held with the Congress to join the anti-BJP coalition.

"Several proposals were made for forging an alliance with the Congress but they hit a roadblock. We cannot negotiate further with the Congress leadership," he told reporters.

Asked how many seats his Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi would contest, he said, "We have already announced candidates on 22 seats and will declare the remaining names soon. We will contest 48 seats in Maharashtra."

Ambedkar is likely to contest from Solapur Lok Sabha seat against senior Congress leader and former Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. BJP's Sharad Bansode defeated Shinde in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll from Solapur.

The consolidation of Dalit and Muslims votes in some pockets, especially in the Vidarbha region, had prompted the Congress and NCP to invite Ambedkar to join their 'grand alliance' against the BJP-led NDA.

But, Prakash Ambedkar was upset as the Congress wanted him to shun all ties with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi. According to the sources there were also differences over the number of seats. Ambedkar was demanding 06 seats but Congress was offering just 04. [With inputs from PTI]

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