Athavale criticises Ramdev for his anti-Dalit remarks
Republican Party of India (Athavale) chief and NMP Ramdas Athavale today severely criticised Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev for hisBanti-Dalit remarks while targeting Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, saying that a case should be registered against him and demanded a stern action against the yoga guru.
Ramdev had stated in Lucknow that Mr Gandhi went to houses of Dalits for picnic and honeymoon.
Talking to reporters here this afternoon, Mr Athavale slammed Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil for accusing him of being associated with communal parties like BJP and Shiv Sena, which had opposed the renaming of Marathwada University after Dalit national leader Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, in Lok Sabha election.
He said "Despite our association with BJP and Sena, our ideological differences with both parties would remain forever."
He clarified that 'We came together on common issues of unemployment and development of the country.'
Continuing with his attack on the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the RPI chief said that they were allegedly involved in oppression of the Dalit (downtrodden) people in various villages of the state as most of the gram panchayats were ruled by these parties.
Mr Athavale advised Mr Patil to work for the downtrodden people of the state.
He exuded confidence that the Mahayuti, comprising BJP, Sena, RPI(A), Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, would win about 36 Lok Sabha seats out of 48 in the state and hinted that he would get an important portfolio in Union Cabinet of the NDA government, led by Narendra Modi, if it came to power at the Centre.
He also said that the Modi wave that is now sweeping across the country, would help the Mahayuti win next State Assembly election and added that his party would definitely get 10 to 12 seats in the state.
(Posted on 29-04-2014)