Setback to AAP plans as Swabhimani Shetkari joins Mahayuti
Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raghunath Patil said, “Shetty is not a farmers’ leader. He became Lok Sabha member by coincidence”
Mumbai: In a major setback to Aam Adami Party’s plans to have a coalition with MP Raju shetty-led Swabhimaani Shetkari Sanghatana in Maharashtra, the MP joined the Shivsena-BJP-RPI-led ‘Mahayuti’ i.e. grand opposition alliance, while opposing the Congress-NCP led democratic front in the forthcoming elections.
The development is also considered a setback for the plans of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had been reportedly toying with using the Shetty-led organization’s clout in rural areas of the state, especially in western Maharashtra.
Reacting to Shetty’s decision, AAP leader Mayank Gandhi said, “Shetty was apparently pressurizing the Sena-BJP-RPI alliance by indicating that he was in parleys with us. We do not subscribe to such tactics.”
The Sanghatana’s decision came after a meeting between the MP, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, BJP leader Gopinath Munde and RPI leader Ramdas Athawale, at Uddhav’s residence in suburban Bandra today.
Reacting to the development, Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raghunath Patil said, “Shetty is not a farmers’ leader. He became Lok Sabha member by coincidence.”
It is not clear how many seats Shetty’s organization would be allocated in the “Mahayuti” (grand alliance) comprising Sena, BJP and RPI (A). In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Sena had contested 26 seats and BJP 22 of total 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
However, this time around, RPI and Shetty’s outfit will also be in the fray from some seats, as part of the grand opposition alliance.