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Ambedkar's BBM, MIM tie up for LS poll in Maharashtra

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Bharipa Bahujan Mahsangh (BBM) on Tuesday called off seat-sharing talks with Congress-Nationalist Party alliance and announced that his party would contest Maharashtra's 48 Lok Sabha seats along with Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM.

Addressing at Akola, he said that there was "no point to continue negotiations with the as there would be no positive result".

"The keeps telling us that we must fight the Lok Sabha polls as an alliance against the But they have already declared 22 candidates. They don't want to give us any representation," Ambedkar, the grandson of said.

Accordingly, the BBM-AIMIM has decided to put up candidates in all 48 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state, he said.

This was the second major upset for on Tuesday after Sujay Vikhe-Patil, son of its of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, joined the ruling BJP and may be fielded from the

Last year, the BBM and the AIMIM entered into a strategic political tie-up naming it as "Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi" (VBA) which has several Dalit, tribal, Muslim, Dhangar, Koli and community leaders and groups as alliance members.

The VBA had demanded at least 12 seats from the Congress-NCP alliance which was prepared to part with only four seats.

A worrying factor for is Ambedkar himself planning to contest against Congress in his home constituency Solapur.

So far has not officially reacted to the BBM-AIMIM's latest challenge which poses a severe test for the Opposition unity both in Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections due by October.



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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 22:14 IST