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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National BJP President Amit Shah arrive for the pays tribute at Sadaiv Atal the memorial to Bharat Ratan former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee before being sworn in for his second term as prime minister of India today evening in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 30, 2019.((Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times))

‘Hello, Amit Shah calling…’: New ministers get calls after PM Modi picks his team

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2020 09:45 PM IST
The PM Modi-led NDA stormed to power winning 352 of the 542 Lok Sabha seats, restricting the Congress tally at 52.
BJP candidate from Mumbai North East Manoj Kotak and the party’s sitting MP Kirit Somaiya pay their respects to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar at Chaityabhoomi in Dadar on Sunday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
BJP candidate from Mumbai North East Manoj Kotak and the party’s sitting MP Kirit Somaiya pay their respects to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar at Chaityabhoomi in Dadar on Sunday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

2019 Lok Sabha elections: All party candidates head to Chaityabhoomi in Mumbai

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 07:49 AM IST
With Dalit votes likely to be divided during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the 128th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar on Sunday saw parties trying to woo Dalit voters.
Lok Sabha elections 2019| Ambedkar’s only aim is to defeat Congress, NCP: Bhalchandra Mungekar(ANI)
Lok Sabha elections 2019| Ambedkar’s only aim is to defeat Congress, NCP: Bhalchandra Mungekar(ANI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019| Ambedkar’s only aim is to defeat Congress, NCP: Bhalchandra Mungekar

Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2019 10:31 AM IST
The Congress tried to stitch up an alliance with Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and both the parties held multiple rounds of talks.
RPI president Ramdas Athawale addressing media in Mumbai, on Monday, February 25, 2019.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
RPI president Ramdas Athawale addressing media in Mumbai, on Monday, February 25, 2019.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Ramdas Athawale to stay with NDA, but demands 2 seats for RPI for Lok Sabha polls

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2019 10:19 AM IST
RPI chief and Union minister Ramdas Athawale has demanded either North-East Mumbai or South Central Mumbai constituency in Mumbai, and Latur, Solapur or Ramtek from the remaining part of the state for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Ramdas Athawale urges BJP to give seats in to RPI in Assam, Uttar Pradesh.Photo by Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times(HT Photo)
Ramdas Athawale urges BJP to give seats in to RPI in Assam, Uttar Pradesh.Photo by Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Ramdas Athawale sends a message to BJP, says recognise RPI role

New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2019 11:01 PM IST
Athawale’s party was not offered a seat from Maharashtra, where the BJP and the Shiv Sena stitched up an alliance last week.

Not consulted before BJP-Shiv Sena alliance deal, feel isolated, say smaller allies

Hindustan Times | By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2019 07:37 AM IST
The smaller parties like the Republican Party of India (RPI-A), the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP), Rayat Kranti Sanghatana (RKS) and Shiv Sangram, who are all allies of the ruling BJP, seem to be in dark about their role in polls.
When Finance Minister Piyush Goyal was concluding his Budget speech with a couplet in Lok Sabha, Athawale was on his feet eager to recite a poem.Photo by Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times(HT Photo)
When Finance Minister Piyush Goyal was concluding his Budget speech with a couplet in Lok Sabha, Athawale was on his feet eager to recite a poem.Photo by Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times(HT Photo)

Ramdas Athawale wanted to recite poetry during Budget speech

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2019 06:34 PM IST
On Friday, when Finance Minister Piyush Goyal was concluding his Budget speech with a couplet in Lok Sabha, Athawale was on his feet eager to recite a poem.
Union minister Ramdas Athawale interacting with media during a press conference in Chandigarh on October 30, 2018.(HT File Photo)
Union minister Ramdas Athawale interacting with media during a press conference in Chandigarh on October 30, 2018.(HT File Photo)

Join hands with BJP, tie-up with SP won’t last: Athawale to Mayawati

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2019 05:23 PM IST
The Union minister said, “...Mayawati became Uttar Pradesh chief minister thrice with the BJP’s support. The BSP cadre knows well that the alliance with the SP will not give desired electoral gains in the Lok Sabha election. Instead of the SP, Mayawati should again join hands with the BJP.”
Victory Pillar at Bhima Koregaon in Pune.(HT Photo)
Victory Pillar at Bhima Koregaon in Pune.(HT Photo)

Verdict delay: State government grants Bhima Koregaon commission third extension till May 8

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Nadeem Inamdar
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2019 04:17 PM IST
Only three witnesses have been cross-examined before the two-member commission ever since the hearing began on September 5, 2018. Five witnesses have been partially heard and the last hearing for 2018 was held in Mumbai
Union minister for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale has welcomed the Narendra Modi-led government’s move to clear a 10% quota in jobs and educational institutions for the economically weaker sections among the upper castes.(Ravi Kumar/HT File Photo)
Union minister for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale has welcomed the Narendra Modi-led government’s move to clear a 10% quota in jobs and educational institutions for the economically weaker sections among the upper castes.(Ravi Kumar/HT File Photo)

‘Masterstroke, more sixers to come’: Minister Ramdas Athawale cheers 10 per cent reservation move

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2019 04:28 PM IST
Union minister for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale, who is also the president of the Republican Party of India, has been demanding reservation for the economically weaker sections among the so-called upper caste.
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale has said that Rs 15 lakh in ever account promise will be kept(Pratham Gokhale/HT file photo)
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale has said that Rs 15 lakh in ever account promise will be kept(Pratham Gokhale/HT file photo)

Rs 15 lakh will reach every account, but slowly: Minister

Solapur, Maharashtra | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2018 02:54 PM IST
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale has said that Rs 15 lakh in ever account promise will be kept but will take time due to ‘technical issues’.
Police said Pravin Gosavi, the man who slapped Ramdas Athawale, had mentioned in a Facebook post that the RPI chief “had not done anything good for their community.”(Pratham Gokhale/HT File Photo)
Police said Pravin Gosavi, the man who slapped Ramdas Athawale, had mentioned in a Facebook post that the RPI chief “had not done anything good for their community.”(Pratham Gokhale/HT File Photo)

Man who slapped Ramdas Athawale had expressed anger at RPI chief on Facebook: Cops

Hindustan Times, Ambernath (Maharashtra) | By HT Correspondent, Ambernath
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2018 03:46 PM IST
Responding to the attack on him at a public function in Ambernath in Thane district on Saturday, Athawale said that the incident highlighted inadequate security.
Republic Party Of India (RPI) president Ramdas Athawale was slapped by an unidentified person during an event at Netaji ground in Ambernath on Friday.(HT File Photo)
Republic Party Of India (RPI) president Ramdas Athawale was slapped by an unidentified person during an event at Netaji ground in Ambernath on Friday.(HT File Photo)

Ramdas Athawale slapped by unidentified person at a Maharashtra event

Ambernath | By Arvind Walmiki
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2018 10:08 AM IST
Reacting to the incident, party spokesperson and national general secretary Avinash Mahatekar blamed local police for not making enough security arrangements for the party leader’s visit.
A champion of scheduled caste and tribal rights, the Republican Party of India-A president Athawale has raised several controversial demands, including permission for Dalits to possess arms for self-protection.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
A champion of scheduled caste and tribal rights, the Republican Party of India-A president Athawale has raised several controversial demands, including permission for Dalits to possess arms for self-protection.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

End casteism, we will forego reservation, says minister Ramdas Athawale

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By B Vijay Murty
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 10:18 AM IST
“I have been demanding reservation in the armed forces for a long time. If there is reservation, more people from the backward classes will sign up”, says MoS for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale in a freewheeling interview with B Vijay Murthy.
Union minister Ramdas Athawale during press conference at Bandra in Mumbai.(Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)
Union minister Ramdas Athawale during press conference at Bandra in Mumbai.(Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

NRC not possible in Bengal, says Union minister; praises Mamata Banerjee for lowest atrocities on Dalits

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2018 07:23 PM IST
Senior BJP leaders including president Amit Shah, national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh have all spoken in favour of NRC in Bengal.
The union government is committed to protect the rights of the SC and ST people, Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale said.(HT File Photo)
The union government is committed to protect the rights of the SC and ST people, Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale said.(HT File Photo)

States have no power to alter central laws, says Ramdas Athawale

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2018 11:41 PM IST
The Union minister was speaking in response to MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s statement that there will be no arrests without investigation in cases registered under the SC/ST Act.
Union minister Ramdas Athawale said till a law is passed in the Parliament, the problem of reservation could not be solved.(HT File Photo)
Union minister Ramdas Athawale said till a law is passed in the Parliament, the problem of reservation could not be solved.(HT File Photo)

Upper castes should get 25% quota, says Union minister Ramdas Athawale

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Urvashi Dev Rawal
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2018 12:08 PM IST
Ramdas Athawale said 25% reservation should be given to the upper castes without disturbing the reservation for SC/STs and OBCs.
Union minister Ramdas Athawale during a press conference in Bandra, Mumbai.(Pratham Gokhale/HT File Photo)
Union minister Ramdas Athawale during a press conference in Bandra, Mumbai.(Pratham Gokhale/HT File Photo)

I’m not suffering as I am a minister: Ramdas Athawale when asked if fuel prices affected him

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2018 11:13 PM IST
I may suffer if I lose my ministerial post, Union minister Ramdas Athawale said when asked if rising fuel prices had affected him.
Ramdas Athawale on Thursday reiterated that he would file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the order of the Bombay high court banning use of term ‘Dalit’ in official works and also in media.(HT File Photo)
Ramdas Athawale on Thursday reiterated that he would file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the order of the Bombay high court banning use of term ‘Dalit’ in official works and also in media.(HT File Photo)

Athawale to appeal in SC against HC order on banning Dalit

Hindustan Times, Nagpur | By Pradip Kumar Maitra
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2018 08:41 PM IST
Athawale, who was in Nagpur asserted that there was nothing wrong with the word ‘Dalit’ and he didn’t think it was derogatory.
Ramdas Athawale, who is also the president of RPI, said while he was not opposed to switching from ‘Dalit’ to the legally approved ‘Scheduled Castes’ for official purposes, he saw no merit in banning its usage in the media or otherwise.(HT/File Photo)
Ramdas Athawale, who is also the president of RPI, said while he was not opposed to switching from ‘Dalit’ to the legally approved ‘Scheduled Castes’ for official purposes, he saw no merit in banning its usage in the media or otherwise.(HT/File Photo)

‘Not good to ban usage of Dalit in media’: Athawale to move Supreme Court

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2018 10:28 PM IST
The Union information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry in a recent directive to media organisations, advised them to refrain from using the term ‘Dalit’ when referring to members of the Scheduled Castes.
Both the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are keen on getting the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on board.(HT File)
Both the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are keen on getting the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on board.(HT File)

Mayawati-led BSP and Dalit politics in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times | By Shailesh Gaikwad
PUBLISHED ON AUG 14, 2018 01:02 AM IST
In Maharashtra, leaders from both the Congress and the NCP are now weighing the possibility of wooing Dalit voters by getting an aggressive face like Mayawati’s as part of their coalition.
RPI chief Ramdas Athawale.(HT File Photo)
RPI chief Ramdas Athawale.(HT File Photo)

Ramdas Athawale eyes Lok Sabha seat, to contest from Shiv Sena’s turf

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2018 04:20 PM IST
The RPI chief announced that he would contest the 2019 Lok Sabha seat from Mumbai South Central constituency.
Union minister and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party chief Upendra Kushwaha said that the NGT chairman’s appointment had sent a very wrong message.(PTI File Photo)
Union minister and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party chief Upendra Kushwaha said that the NGT chairman’s appointment had sent a very wrong message.(PTI File Photo)

After Paswan and Athawale, Union minister Upendra Kushwaha seeks NGT chief’s removal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2018 01:18 AM IST
Before Kushwaha, Union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Ramdas Athawale had sought removal of AK Goel’s removal as NGT chairman.
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana activists pour milk at the memorial of Maharashtra's first Chief Minister late Y B Chavan during a protest to demand subsidy per liter and waiver of GST for butter and milk powder, in Karad on Monday.(HT Photo)
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana activists pour milk at the memorial of Maharashtra's first Chief Minister late Y B Chavan during a protest to demand subsidy per liter and waiver of GST for butter and milk powder, in Karad on Monday.(HT Photo)

Milk flows again as friends turn foes

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2018 09:39 PM IST
Last year, when Fadnavis initially went ballistic against farmers, he had the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana (SSS) on his side
Prakash Ambedkar said “even those who shot the video and stayed silent, need to be booked.”(HT FILE)
Prakash Ambedkar said “even those who shot the video and stayed silent, need to be booked.”(HT FILE)

Dalit leaders to visit Jalgaon; BJP attacks Congress chief over tweet

Hindustan Times | By Naresh Kamath and Faisal Malik
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2018 01:00 AM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi had tweeted the video of the incident, adding in Hindi, ‘Their crime was they went for bath in a well belonging to a person from upper caste community’
The RPI’s new political flex at the Pune railway station, for the state-level convention, on Thursday.(SANKET WANKHADE/HT PHOTO)
The RPI’s new political flex at the Pune railway station, for the state-level convention, on Thursday.(SANKET WANKHADE/HT PHOTO)

RPI disinvites CM Fadnavis from state-level convention

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Abhay Khairnar
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2018 02:54 PM IST
After receiving negative feedback from workers, the RPI decided to keep the CM away from its state-level convention despite having invited him earlier.
File photo of Union minister of state for social justice Ramdas Athawale.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
File photo of Union minister of state for social justice Ramdas Athawale.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Controversy over Jinnah portrait in AMU unnecessary, says Ramdas Athawale

Press Trust of India, Lucknow | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2018 08:27 PM IST
Minister of state for social justice Ramdas Athawale suggested it could be removed keeping in mind public sentiments.
Ramdas Athawale, chief of RPI (A) will lead the protest in Mumbai(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Ramdas Athawale, chief of RPI (A) will lead the protest in Mumbai(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

RPI (A) to protest inaction in Bhima-Koregaon case across Maharashtra

Hindustan Times | By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2018 11:28 PM IST
The party has also demanded that the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act should not be diluted.
In the last few months, several incidents of statutes being desecrated have been reported across the country.
In the last few months, several incidents of statutes being desecrated have been reported across the country.

Statues of Ambedkar, other icons should be put under CCTV surveillance, says Maharashtra minister

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2018 01:10 PM IST
Union minister of state for social justice made the demand after after visiting a spot at Khed in Ratnagiri, where a statue of Dr Ambedkar was vandalised.
A delegation of NDA’s SC and ST MPs, led by LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Union social justice minister Thawarchand Gehlot, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI Photo)
A delegation of NDA’s SC and ST MPs, led by LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Union social justice minister Thawarchand Gehlot, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI Photo)

MPs meet PM Modi to discuss verdict on SC/ST atrocities act

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2018 08:11 PM IST
Ram Vilas Paswan and Ramdas Athawale are pressing for a review of the Supreme Court verdict on the order of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
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