This is not about politics but about sports. I feel an Ambedkarite face should also get a chance to contest election," Athawale told reporters here yesterday.Athawale claimed that he has around 40 assured votes, out of the total 329 votes that will be cast.

"There are a lot of educational institutions and sports clubs that get to vote. I have good relations with them spanning decades. I am sure they will be ready to support me,"he said.

Athawale further said he will file his nomination on June 9 as an independent if none of the groups support his candidature.

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