Ramdas Bandu Athawale born 25 December 1959 is an Indian politician from Maharashtra He is the founder–leader of the Republican Party of India A, an Ambedkarite party Currently, he is Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in the Narendra Modi government, and represents Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India's Parliament Previously he was the Lok Sabha MP from Pandharpur
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Athawale was a full-time member of Dalit Panther of India organisation which was founded by Namdeo Dhasal and J V Pawar Athawale demanded firearms1 for Dalits from Indian Government2 for self-defense and to resist oppression
He was member of Maharashtra Legislative Council from 1990 to 1995 and position of Cabinet Minister for Employment Guarantee Scheme and Prohibition Propaganda, Social Welfare and Transport in the Government of Maharashtra
He represented the Pandharpur constituency of Maharashtra and is the president of the Republican Party of India Athawale political party
He also represented Mumbai North Central in 12th Lok Sabha during 1998-99 He left the Nationalist Congress Party-Indian National Congress alliance in 2011 after having lost the 2009 Lok Sabha election Athawale led the RPI party, joined the Shivsena-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance in 2011 and contested Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections together Athawale lost in the Shirdi Lok Sabha constituency election in 2009
In 2014, Athawale was elected to the Rajya Sabha, which is the|upper house of parliament He represents Maharashtracitation needed
Devyani Khobragade was appointed Personal Secretary to Athawale in July 2016 but was turned down by his senior Minister Thawarchand Gehlot As her father Uttam Khobragade a retired IAS Officer, was the national executive president of Athawale's Republican Party of India Athvale3k
Athawale was born to Bandu Athawale and Honsabai Athawale in Agalgaon, Sangli district in Maharashtra He is married to Seema Athawale and has son named Jeet He is under graduate Educated at Siddharth College, Mumbaicitation needed
- ^ http://timesofindiaindiatimescom/city/nagpur/Athawale-demands-arms-for-Dalits/articleshow/49510947cms
- ^ http://wwwrediffcom/news/report/let-dalits-possess-arms-for-their-safety-athawale-tells-maha-govt/20160128htm
- ^ Ramdas Athawale's Request For Devyani Khobragade As Private Secretary Turned Down
- Official biographical sketch in Parliament of India website
- Ramdas Athawale Facebook page
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