Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Monday announced an alliance with Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) ahead of Mumbai civic polls.
The alliance will take on the ruling Eknath Shinde-led Sena and BJP combine in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls.
“We have been organising protests on social issues. Whether we win on social issues or not is in the hands of voters, but giving such people a seat to contest is in the hands of the political parties,” Prakash Ambedkar said.
Ambedkar also said the Congress “has not accepted the alliance yet”.
“As of now, it’s only the two of us. Congress hasn’t accepted the alliance yet. I hope Sharad Pawar will also join the alliance,” Ambedkar added.
Ambedkar founded the VBA in 2018. With Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, VBA contested the 2019 general election. The alliance didn’t win any seat but won 14 per cent of the votes.
“Today is 23rd January, the birth anniversary of Balasaheb Thackeray. I am satisfied and happy that several people of Maharashtra wanted us to come together. Prakash Ambedkar and I am here today to form an alliance,” Thackeray told reporters.
“My grandfather and Prakash Ambedkar’s grandfather were colleagues and they fought against the social issues at that time. Thackeray and Ambedkar have a history. Now their future generations are here to fight on the current issues of the country,” he added.