Maharashtra Elections: VBA To Contest State Polls Without Congress

Written By Misha Bhatt | Mumbai | Published:


  • Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) to contest Maharashtra Assembly Elections alone
  • Prakash Ambedkar has claimed that VBA had approached Congress to form an alliance but they never responded
  • VBA-AIMIM alliance, which fought the 2019 LS polls together, was called off on Friday as they couldn't reach a "comfortable figure" of seat-distribution
  • VBA-AIMIM alliance which fought the 2019 elections togather was called of on Friday as they couln't reach a "comfortable figure" of seat distribution

Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) has confirmed that his party will not form an alliance with Congress in the upcoming Maharashtra elections which are due in October-November this year. As per the VBA Maharashtra leader, even though the party had reached out to Congress for forging an alliance for the forthcoming state polls, they have not received any response from Congress. The leader addressed a press conference and asserted that all the doors for a discussion have now closed. The VBA demanded an equal seat-sharing pact with Congress for the state polls. 

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Prakash Ambedkar said, " We had our meeting 2 days back and the issue was discussed at length. One of our senior leader also approached Congress with a proposal to contest on equal seats. However, there is no response."

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VBA-Congress pact not happening

Attacking Congress, Prakash Ambedkar further added, "Congress has no interest in defeating BJP or Shiv Sena and only wants to save its skin and not to land in jail. We will not go with the Congress and will contest on 287 seats on own."

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In the recently held Lok Sabha elections, the VBA was in an alliance with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). However, the alliance was called off last Friday saying that both the parties couldn't reach a 'comfortable figure' of seat-distribution. As claimed, Prakash Ambedkar's VBA even had approached the then Rahul Gandhi-led Indian National Congress for an alliance before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls for which the party did not receive a note back from the Congress.

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Sena-BJP alliance announcement in next 2 days: Uddhav Thackeray 

The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance won 185 seats, with BJP winning 124 and Shiv Sena winning 61 in the last Maharashtra elections. Shiv-Sena party chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said that Sena's alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party for the upcoming Maharashtra elections will be announced in the next two days. 

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These developments come days before when the Election Commission is expected to announce the poll dates for the state.