Mumbai: UnionMinister and Republican Party of India (RPI) national president Ramdas Athawale on Saturday met former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. Athawale said that if Eknath Shinde gets into trouble, the RPI will support him. Ramdas Athawale said, "This government is in a minority. Eknath Shinde is a big group. Eknath Shinde should be given security. '
"I have spoken to Devendra Fadnavis, he (Fadnavis) has said that we have nothing to do with the infighting in the Shiv Sena. Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde will resolve the dispute between them on their own, it has nothing to do with us. We are waiting and watching. Attacking the Shiv Sena, Athawale said, "You think MLAs will come to you. When they have to come, they will come. But till then, don't be intimidated, if Eknath Shinde gets into trouble, he has an RPI. '
Union Minister Ramdas Athawale further said, "We have not thought about forming the government. We'll see what happens in the coming time. On Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray, Sanjay Raut saying that they will prove their majority, Athawale said that so many MLAs have left you, 37 from Shiv Sena and 7-8 independents, how can you say that?'