They shot a BJP councilor Ravindra Kharat and three members of his family dead on Sunday night in Bhusaval, Mumbai. At his funeral, there were several workers of the Republican Party of India (Athawale Group) than BJP leaders. Even RPI (A) President Ramdas Athawale reached Bhusaval to pay tribute to him by postponing his official programs.
Ravindra Kharat was a member of RPI (A) for a long time before he was elected as a councilor on a BJP ticket in the Bhusaval Municipal Election.
BJP and RPI (A) are allied parties in Maharashtra and when RPI (A) demanded a seat in Bhusaval civic poll, BJP gave this seat to RPI only on one condition that Ravindra will contest on BJP’s election symbol.
The move confirmed two things for the BJP. First, the candidate contesting on the party’s election symbol automatically entered his party and secondly, it sent the message of increasing BJP’s strength.
The party has for a long time brought members of its own allies involved in the government well into its fold.
BJP is breaking leaders of allies for Maharashtra assembly elections
They believed Sadabhau Khot to be a confidant and his old ally of Swabhimani Shetkari Organization (SSS) President Raju Shetty. He also became a minister from the SSS quota in the Devendra Fadnavis government.
However, in 2017 Sadabhau resigned from SSS and joined BJP. Shetty’s supporters claim that Sadabhau’s attitude towards the party had changed after he came in contact with the BJP and it did not take long for him to change. Angered by this, Shetty immediately separated himself from the BJP-Shiv Sena government at the Center and the state.
In the current assembly elections of Maharashtra, BJP has given a ticket to Rahul Kul, sitting MLA of Rashtriya Samaj Paksha from Daund assembly. Officially BJP says that Rahul has got the ticket under seat-sharing with RSP.
However, RSP Chief Mahadev Jankar has described it as a hoax. He claimed that none of his workers would contest on a BJP ticket. Jankar said, ‘This is not my candidate. From the day he started contesting on the BJP ticket, he has become BJP.
BJP has officially announced to give four seats to RPI (A). However, these four candidates will contest on BJP’s election symbol.