Shiv-Bhim shakti on display today
Published: Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011, 8:00 IST
By Shubhangi Khapre | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
The Republican Party of India (RPI) has decided to showcase the new
political alignment with the Shiv Sena-BJP combine at Shivaji Park on
the occasion of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar's death anniversary on Tuesday.
Despite alliance with the Sena-BJP, the RPI has retained its original
colour symbolically depicting there is no shift from its ideology. The
RPI's annual rally at the historic ground will explore and explain to
Dalits the concept of Shiv Shakti-Bhim Shakti.
"Ever since I took the decision to shun the Congress and the NCP,
there is an intense campaign launched against me and my organization
to tarnish our image. We have to set things right," RPI chief Ramdas
Dalits across Maharashtra who converge on December 6 to pay their
reverence to Ambedkar are raising questions whether the RPI has
decided to follow Hindutva by joining hands with the saffron combine.
Dalits are wondering how the RPI can pursue its ideology hobnobbing
with the Sena -BJP combine. These are some of the questions, which
Athavale wants to remove from the minds of Dalits ahead of the civic
"I want to send a strong message that there was no ideological shift
in the RPI. Moreover, the decision to join the Sena-BJP alliance was a
tactical move towards empowerment of Dalits who have often been
exploited by the ruling Congress-NCP combine," Athavale said.The RPI
has extended invitation for the grand rally to second rung leaders of
Sena and BJP.
"We want Athavale to be the star of the rally. And we don't want it to
turn into a personality based event. What is more significant is the
message he would convey to the Dalits," RPI activists said.
Dalit writer Arjun Dangle said, "The Gennext Dalits are well aware
about Congress-NCP's betrayal to Athavale. They are ready to accept
the Sena-BJP as an alternative. As far as ideological differences are
concerned, we will always maintain our stand."
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