The RPI (Athawale), an ally of the BJP, has said it will support the saffron party in the forthcoming assembly elections in Gujarat.
"We will ensure the BJP
gets the maximum number of seats and also the largest vote share in the coming elections in Gujarat," he said.
Athawale was addressing a press conference at Mira Road last night.
The Union minister said the Shiv Sena
should "not pick up quarrel" with the BJP
and both parties should fight the future elections together.
Athawale criticised the Raj Thackeray-led MNS
for its drive to forcibly evict illegal hawkers from parts of Thane
district "The MNS
workers, instead of attacking hawkers, should go to the border and fight the enemies."
He said the issue of illegal hawking can be tackled by police and the local administration.
The Dalit leader said to protect hawkers the RPI activists will come out on roads.
A large number of common people make their purchases from hawkers, he said, adding the government should come out with a policy for them.