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Rakhi Sawant v/s Mayawati contest on the cards if...

Republican Party of India president Ramdas Athawale intends to field the reality TV star and actor against the Bahujan Samaj Party chief if the latter decides to contest polls in Uttar Pradesh.

Mayur Lookhar

Elections in India are never short of drama. Expect a comical one soon if Rakhi Sawant decides to step into uncharted territory. The reality TV star and actor could find herself pitted against a giant politico in Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati decides to compete in the elections. The declaration was made by Republican Party of India chief Ramdas Athawale. Assembly elections will be held in Uttar Pradesh next year.

"Mayawati has been shying away from fighting the polls herself. We would like to see if she is going to change that this time. If she does, we will field Rakhi Sawant, who is our women’s wing president, from the very seat the BSP chief chooses for herself,” Athawale told Press Trust of India.

Given their political status, it would be impossible for RPI to contest it alone, but they are likely to enter the polls in alliance with the Bhartiya Janata Party. However, RPI is willing to go it alone if the need arises.

Both parties traditionally cater to the Scheduled Caste population. With Uttar Pradesh having a sizeable SC population, the Dalit vote always plays a crucial role in deciding the outcome of the state.

Sawant’s journey in politics so far can only be described as ‘entertaining’. Earlier, she competed as an independent candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North-West constituency. Since the Election Commission didn’t assign her any party symbol, Sawant chose a green chilli as her party symbol and campaigned dressing up as one. 

Following her expected loss, Sawant later joined the Republican Party of India where she was made the president of the women’s wing. 

Early this year, Sawant had come up with a stunner that all ceiling fans should be banned in the wake of the increasing suicides.