Dalits should join the Army, says Union minister Ramdas Athawale

Pune: Advocating the need for reservation for Dalits in the defence forces, Union minister Ramdas Athawale quipped on Sunday that instead of consuming country-made liquor the youth from the community should join the Army, where “rum” is available.

Athawale, the Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment, was addressing a press conference. “We have been demanding reservations for the Dalit youth in Army, Navy and Air Force because the community is a fighter and ready to make the supreme sacrifice for the nation,” he said. The Republican Party of India (RPI-A) leader, said the demand for the reservation for Dalits has been his party’s demand for a long time and he would soon speak to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman about it.

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