Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Apr 10 UNI | 4 months ago

Republican Party of India-A chief Ramdas Athawale today said that there is no need to include any new partner in the grand alliance of Shiv Sena-BJP-RPI-SSS-RSP and Shiv Sangram.

Talking to reporters here, Mr Athawale, who was in city to address an election rally, said that there is no need of inclusion of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) into the grand alliance fold.

On Raj Thackeray's remarks calling him 'Maharashtra's Lalu', he said, 'He (Mr Raj) should not make such low level remarks against me.'

Mr Athawale also hit out at the UPA government saying that the country faced rampant corruption and inflation during their tenure and pointed the people are fed up with them.

"During my campaigns I experienced that people in and outside the state are fed up with them (UPA) and want a change at the center," he said.

Talking about BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, he said that most of the people of the country have accepted him and stated that he will survive in the prime minister's role.

The RPI-A chief added that dalit voters were now behind the NDA.

(Posted on 10-04-2014)