Maharashtra will witness triangular contests in the assembly elections scheduled for October with smaller and secular parties banding together on Monday to form a third front called the Republican Democratic Left Front (RDLF).
RPI (United) leader Ramdas Athavale told the media that his party would now be part of a new front called the Republican Left Democratic Front (RLDF).Along with the RPI (United), the Peasants and Workers Party (PWP); the Communist Party of India (Marxist); (CPI-M); the Communist Party of India (CPI); the Samajwadi Party; the Janata Dal (Secular); Lok Bharati; the Swabhiman Shetkari Sanghatana led by Raju Shetty who was elected MP from Hatkanangale; Socialist Front; Lok Jan Shakti Party; Rashtriya Samaj Paksh; Samajwadi Jan Parishad; Socialist Front; Lok Bharati; and the Satyashodhak Communist Party are part of the new front.
The third front decided to organise a show of strength at Shivaji Park on September 12 to send a message about the front’s decision to fight all the 288 assembly seats.
The front leaders will meet again on August 28 to start the process of sharing seats for the polls. The Congress-NCP have yet to decide whether to go in for a pre-poll alliance. Mayawati’s SP'>BSP is all set to go on its own.