Allahabad: Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and Republican Party of India (A) president Ramdas Athawale on Sunday said that his party was mulling fielding actress Rakhi Sawant against Mayawati if the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo contests the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections.
“Mayawati has, for quite some time, been shying away from herself 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," Athawale told reporters.
In case if a collision with BJP does not materialise, Athawale said that his party will proceed by fielding its candidates in 200 and more assembly segments in Uttar Pradesh.
Rakhi Sawant joined the RPI party in June, 2014 and expressed her desire to work with dalits.