The new political equation in Maharashtra, reflected in the alliance between Shiv Sena and the Ramdas Athavale-led faction of Republican Party of India (RPI), drew flak from Congress, whose general secretary Digvijay Singh described it as an “opportunist” posture.
Referring to the much-talked about coming together of the “Shiv Shakti and Bhimshakti” in Maharashtra, Singh attacked Athavale for joining hands with the Bal Thackeray-led party, which he said, can never support the cause of dalits.
“It is an opportunist alliance. I know Athavale well but I condemn his hobnobbing with Shiv Sena which has insulted Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. Shiv Sena can never support the Dalit cause,” Singh said.