He joins hands with ex-MLC Laxman Mane and ex-MLA More
Pune: Bharatiya Republican Party (BRP) President Prakash Ambedkar, along with others, has formed the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, a front of deprived communities, for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The front is likely to contest all 48 seats in the State.
Ambedkar announced this at a press conference on Wednesday. He added that his party was ready to align with other like-minded parties, provided eight seats are provided to the Dhangar, Mali, OBCs and Muslim communities.
Former MLC Laxman Mane and former MLA Vijay More, along with Ambedkar, jointly addressed the press conference and announced formation of the front. Mane is leader of Vimukta Jati (denotified tribes) while More represents the Dhangar community.
Ambedkar said, “We welcome secular parties to join the front. Our rival parties benefit from division of votes within the deprived communities. To avoid this, we have formed this front comprising the Dhangar, Mali, communities and the Vimukta Jati (denotified tribes) and Nomadic Tribes (VJNT).”
“We are ready to have a coalition of secular parties, provided the Dhangar, Mali, OBC and Muslim communities get representation in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. We will contest all 48 seats of the Lok Sabha in Maharashtra. We may have an alliance with national parties but they have to give eight seats for these communities, failing which the front will contest all 48 seats,” he added.
“We will organise a convention of farmers to find a solution for their problems. There are strong chances of formation of the third front in the State,“ he added.
Ambedkar on contesting LS polls
When asked whether he would contest the Lok Sabha elections, BRP President Prakash Ambedkar said, “I haven’t decided on it yet. I appeal to other like-minded parties to form the secular third front.”
Ambedkar said, “Sharad Pawar’s NCP is a secular party but he keeps changing his stance. So, we will not approach the NCP. If it has a proposal, we will consider it.”