Rathod says he will contest polls only if his demands are met

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Mumbai, Aug 14 (UNI) Expelled BJP MP Haribhau Rathod, from Yavatmal district in Maharashtra, today said he will not contest the next Lok Sabha polls if his demand for including the Nomadic tribes in the reserved category is not met.

Addressing a press conference to announce the meeting of the nomadic tribes on August 21 at Azad Maidan, Mr Rathod said he remained absent during the trust vote on July 22 this year, because he was confident that the nomadic tribes will be included in the reserved category.

''I am expelled from BJP and will contest from Congress or any other party, only if our demands are met,'' the Parliamentarian said.

''Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured me of the reservation and I am sure that the same will be done before December 5, or rather within a month,'' Mr Rathod said.

Rathod said he organises a convention of the nomadic tribes on January 5 every year, which will not be held this year, as he believes that their demans will be met.

''From this year, the annual convention will not be needed as the demand will be fulfilled and even if it is not met, I will give up the event,'' Mr Rathod added.

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