Prakash Ambedkar hints at forming third front against BJP in Maharashtra

Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar has hinted at forming a third front against the ruling BJP-led Mahayuti alliance in Maharashtra after a breakdown in seat-sharing talks with Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA).

“We will engage with various organisations in the state to combat the BJP. Our next plan will be announced after discussions on April 2,” Ambedkar said.

Ambedkar said he had a meeting with Maratha reservation activist Manoj Jarange Patil over the Lok Sabha polls and was keen on fielding Maratha candidates from each constituency. The VBA’s candidate list will be finalised soon, he added.

Regarding discussions with MVA leaders, Ambedkar clarified that while the party wasn’t invited to meetings, its doors remain open. Ambedkar accused Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut of creating a discord within MVA, even as he stressed his goal of uniting against the BJP.

Meanwhile, Sanjay Raut said the VBA was offered five seats, including Akola. Raut clarified that Ambedkar had discussions with MVA, and not him personally.


Responding to the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the now scrapped liquor policy case, Prakash Ambedkar raised concerns about its legality. He argued that Kejriwal’s arrest over the liquor policy, a decision taken by the Cabinet, was outside the court’s jurisdiction.

Ambedkar urged the Supreme Court to determine whether the judiciary could rule on Cabinet decisions and whether investigating agencies had the authority to probe them. He emphasised that the Supreme Court should refrain from interfering in Assembly proceedings.

Ambedkar highlighted the role of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in questioning Cabinet decisions.

Published By:

Vadapalli Nithin Kumar

Published On:

Mar 30, 2024

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