Union Minister and Republic Party of India's chief Ramdas Athawale on Saturday said that he has asked Kerala BJP president Sreedharan Pillai about alliance in the state. RPI is BJP ally in Maharashtra since the last Lok Sabha polls.
"I asked Kerala BJP President Sreedharan for 1-2 seats out of 20 in the state, if we get seats in the alliance we'll contest together with BJP. If we don't get seats, we'll contest independently in 3-4 seats and support the BJP alliance in other 15-16 seats.
"Following the surgical strike, and PM Narendra Modi's work for the last five years the people of India are supporting him nd hence I believe BJP will get over 300 seats inLok Sabha and the NDA will get over 400 seats.
"We expect 1-2 seats in Maharashtra and 1-2 in Assam. My talks with Amit Shah are on. If he has good candidates in states the party will ask them to contest or else they will support the BJP," he said.
In February, he had slammed the BJP- Shiv Sena coalition after the two parties said they will form an alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha as well as state elections. Athawale asserted that if the NDA wants to return to power, it should give his party at least one seat to contest in Maharashtra.
The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance had announced that the two parties will fight in equal number of seats in the state elections, while for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the BJP will contest from 25 seats and Shiv Sena will contest from 23 seats.After the announcement of seat sharing between Shiv Sena and BJP in Maharashtra for upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Ramdas Athawale stated that if his party RPI (A) did not get even a single seat, then votes of the Dalits in the state for BJP-Shiv Sena will be affected.
"If they want to come back to power in state and NDA wants to come back at the Centre, RPI(A) will contribute, so we should be given a seat. We will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray," he said.