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  • I am not suffering from rising fuel prices as I am minister: Ramdas Athawale

    Jaipur: When asked if the hike in the fuel prices affected him, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale confessed that he is unfazed by the hike, as he is a minister. Referring to the allowances he gets, Athawale, who was in Jaipur said, “I am not suffering from rising fuel prices as I am a minister. I may suffer if I lose my ministerial post.”

  • Nothing wrong in using the word Dalit, RPI will approach SC to challenge govt’s advisory, says Ramdas Athawale

    Mumbai: Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale is of the view that usage of the word ‘Dalit’ should not be done away with. He has stated that his Republican Party of India (RPI) will approach the Supreme Court to challenge the government’s advisory which had asked media to refrain from using the word.

  • Bharat Bandh: No changes will be made in SC/ST Act passed by Parliament, says Union Minister Ramdas Athawale

    Nagpur: Union Social Justice Minister Ramdas Athawale on Thursday said there was no going back on the amendments made to the SC/ST Act passed by Parliament against which some organisations had called for a Bharat Bandh. Speaking in Nagpur, Maharashtra, he said that his party– the Republican Party of India (Athawale)– was opposed to the government’s advisory against the use of the word Dalit. Those who are demanding a change in the Scheduled

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    Wrong to say cases of atrocities against Dalits have increased under Modi govt: Ramdas Athawale

    New Delhi: Union minister Ramdas Athawale Sunday said it was wrong to say cases of atrocities against Dalits have increased under the Narendra Modi government. Noting that caste-related violence was continuing in the country, the Dalit leader from Maharashtra said irrespective of which party is in power, the government should take stringent action against the perpetrators. “I do not agree that (cases of) atrocities against Dalits have increased under the Modi government,

  • Bharat Bandh: Dalit group calls off protest, says will decide new date if govt doesn’t fulfill remaining demands

    A relief to the government as the Dalit group has called off ‘Bharat Bandh’. The Dalit group had scheduled Bharat Bandh today, withdrew their bandh after the Lok Sabha on passed the SC/ST amendment bill which overturned the Supreme Court ruling which had diluted certain provisions of the original legislation. The Rajya Sabha passed the constitutional amendment Bill granting constitutional status to National Commission of Backward Classes. The upper House also passed an

  • ‘BJP’s victory in 2019 certain under strong captaincy of Modi’

    Mumbai: Union minister Ramdas Athawale today said the BJP-led NDA would win the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as it is steered by a “strong captain” like Prime Minister Narendra Modi unlike the opposition parties which have “many captains”. Athawale also welcomed the decision of the BJP to pull out of the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir, saying attempts were being made to disturb peace in the Valley.

  • Ramdas Athawale seeks details of loans to SC/STs from banks

    Mumbai: Union minister of state for social justice and employment Ramdas Athawale today met public sector banks to take stock of loans given by them under various government schemes, to the weaker section.

  • Ramdas Athawale slams opposition over Maoist threat letter issue

    Jalna, Union minister and RPI leader Ramdas Athawale today lambasted opposition parties for doubting the genuineness of a letter suggesting a Maoist plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said the opposition should not play politics over the issue of national security. “There are many issues you can politicise. But the opposition should not politicise this issue as it is related to national security,” Athawale said at a

  • Indore: Give 25% reservation to upper castes, says Ramdas Athawale

    Indore: As the protests against repealing the provisions of SC, ST Act mount, the union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale on Thursday said 25 percent reservation should be given to financially weak sections of upper castes like Brahmins and Thakurs.

  • FPJ Exclusive: Ready to Quit NDA for Dalit Unity, says RPI leader Ramdas Athawale

    After the Bhima-Koregaon riots, the focus is once again on Dalit unity, in order to consolidate the votes for 2019 elections. During the entire event and politics which unfolded thereafter, Prakash Ambedkar, leader of Bharip-Bahujan Mahasangh has emerged as a strong national Dailt leader, whereas Ramdas Athawale, president of Republican Party of India (RPI -A) and Union Minister for Social Justice has gone on the backfoot. While speaking with Vivek

  • Mumbai: BR Ambedkar’s grand-nephew Ashok M Ambedkar dead

    Mumbai: Ashok Ambedkar, a grand-nephew of the Architect of Indian Constitution B. R. Ambedkar, passed away following a brief illness here, family sources said here on Friday. He was 67, reports IANS.

  • Ramdas Athawale’s party to celebrate November 8 as ‘white money day’

    Nagpur: Union minister Ramdas Athawale’s RPI (A), an NDA ally, will observe the first anniversary of demonetisation on November 8 as the “white money day”. Athawale said he planned the initiative to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for targetting black money through ‘notebandi’ last year, wherein high value currencies of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were withdrawn from circulation.