‘Will field Rakhi Sawant if BSP chief contests’

Union Minister and Republican Party of India chief Ramdas Athawale on Sunday said his party was hoping to contest the coming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in alliance with the BJP and considering to field actor Rakhi Sawant against Mayawati if the BSP supremo contests.

“Mayawati has, for quite some time, been shying away from fighting polls, be it for the State Assembly or the Lok Sabha. We would like to see if she is going to change that this time. If she does, we would field Rakhi Sawant who is our women’s wing president, from the very seat the BSP chief chooses for herself,” Mr. Athawale told reporters here.

The Union Minister said his party was “an integral part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. — PTI

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