Ramdas Athawale: RPI-A chief to be voice of Dalits from Maha in Modi 3.0 Govt

New Delhi, Jun 9 (UNI) Ramdas Bandu Athawale, who was the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, took oath in the Narendra Modi government on Sunday.

Born on December 25, 1959 in Agalgaon village of Sangli district, he is a member of the Rajya Sabha and president of Republican Party of India (RPI-A).

He is a graduate of Siddharth College of Law, Mumbai. He is a politician and social activist from Maharashtra.

Belonging to the Dalit community, he demanded guns for Dalits so that they can defend themselves and fight against oppression.

Athawale formed an alliance with the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2011 and contested the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections together.

In 2014, he was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha and became the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment on July six, 2016.

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