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Major Setback For Congress & NCP In Maharashtra As Prakash Ambedkar Says No To Alliance

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| March 12 , 2019 , 15:47 IST

Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar on Tuesday ruled out the possibilities of joining the Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Ambedkar said that talks of alliance with Congress for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections had ended with no conclusive results and that he would be announcing candidates from all 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state on March 15 (Friday).

Later, VBA announced 22 candidates. Prakash Ambedkar said they'll announce rest 26 candidates by Mar 15.

VBA is an alliance of Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh, AIMIM & JD(S) in Maharashtra. Ambedkar said they offered a formula to Congress but it didn't accept, so alliance couldn't happen.

Meanwhile, as per reports, he stated that he would be contesting the 2019 polls from Solapur constituency in the state, while earlier there were speculations that the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi leader will be contesting the polls from Akola seat.

Reportedly, former Maharashtra chief minister and Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde had been representing the Solapur seat. 

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Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi is in alliance with Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM in Maharashtra.

However, the Congress had been trying for weeks to formalise an alliance with Ambedkar’s party, with the AIMIM also saying that it was willing to not field candidates and instead urged the Congress-NCP alliance to give seats to Ambedkar's Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi.

In yet another setback to the Congress, Sujay Vikhe Patil, son of Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra assembly, quit the party on Tuesday and joined the BJP.