RPI hopes Nikalje's connections will help him this time. His father, Sadashiv, hailed from a Dalit family in Girvi village of Phaltan Taluka. There's a posh bungalow at the spot where Sadashiv's small house stood, once upon a time.
The bungalow also houses a bust of Sadashiv.
Every year on his birth anniversary, Nikalje and other family members pay respects to the befallen.
Last year, he was accused of rape and sexual harassment
It's important to note that Nikalje was accused of rape and sexual harassment by a 22-year-old woman in 2018. The woman, who stayed in Siddharth Colony in suburban Chembur, claimed Nikalje violated her under the pretext of marriage.
However, BJP is yet to agree on Nikalje's candidature
While reports emerged about Nikalje's candidature from Phaltan, a seat reserved for Scheduled Caste which NCP has been winning since the last four assembly polls, his aide claimed BJP is yet to give a nod.
"There are very fewer chances of him getting a ticket but he has been asked by the RPI to wait and watch," his aide told ANI.