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Opposition joins hands against Maharashtra government

Thursday May 12, 2011 05:23:37 PM, IANS

Mumbai: Three 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 Thursday.

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 reporters here.

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," Athawale said.

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.





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