opposition parties in Maharashtra will June 9 launch a movement
against the Congress-led Democratic Front government to highlight
issues affecting the common man, an opposition leader said
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena will be joined by
prominent Dalit party in the state, the Republican Party of India
(RPI), in the movement which will start with a rally at Azad
Maidan followed by a procession to Mantralaya, the state
government headquarters, BJP leader Gopinath Munde said.
"We shall highlight and agitate on issues like corruption,
inflation, injustice to the weaker sections and other issues
concerning the masses with a common programme," Munde told
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said the agitation
will attempt to expose the government and how it has let down the
people of the state.
"Sena chief Bal Thackeray was very keen that 'shiv shakti' and 'bhim
shakti', the two important forces in state politics should come
together. The RPI is now with us on these issues," Thackeray said.
Speaking on the occasion, RPI chief Ramdas Athawale said the state
government has failed on various counts and three parties would
"unmask" the ruling combine.
"We have decided to join hands with the BJP, Sena to jointly
highlight the burning issues confronting the people of the state,"
He said the RPI would take a decision on joining the BJP-Shiv Sena
alliance in time for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
elections due early 2012.
Earlier, around 50 top leaders of the three parties were closeted
in a three-hour meeting to discuss the state's political scenario
and their next course of action.