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Ramdas Athawale wiki: Ramdas Bandu Athawale born 25 December 1959 is an Indian politician from Maharashtra. He is the president of the Republican Party of India. Currently, Ramdas Athawale 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.
Following a split in the Dalit Panther movement in 1974, Ramdas Athawale joined Arun Kamble and Gangadhar Gade in leading a rump in Maharashtra. His involvement with a faction of the Republican Party of India, despite the Panther’s general disdain for its leadership, eventually led to an association with the Indian National Congress (INC).
Ramdas Athawale was a member of Maharashtra Legislative Council from 1990 to 1996 and was Cabinet Minister for Social Welfare and Transport, Employment Guarantee Scheme and Prohibition Propaganda in the Government of Maharashtra between 1990-95.
Ramdas Athawale represented the Pandharpur constituency of Maharashtra and is the president of the Republican Party of India (Athawale) (RPIA).
Ramdas Athawale represented Mumbai North Central in the 12th Lok Sabha during 1998-99 and was elected to serve a second term in the 13th Lok Sabha of 1999-2004. A third term, in the 14th Lok Sabha, followed from 2004-2009. Considered something of a lightweight in state politics, Ramdas Athawale has been courted at various times by various parties because of a perception that Ramdas Athawale might assist in mobilising the scattered Maharashtrian Dalit vote in their favour. He left the Nationalist Congress Party-INC alliance in 2011 after having lost in the 2009 Lok Sabha election, when he contested the reserved Shirdi constituency. This defeat was despite a subsequent report by Social Watch which ranked him as the second-best performing member of the 14th Lok Sabha, based on an analysis of various data points. Ramdas Athawale led the RPI party, joined the alliance of Shivsena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2011 and contested Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections together.
In 2014, Ramdas Athawale was elected to the Rajya Sabha, which is the upper house of parliament. Ramdas Athawale became Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on 6 July 2016, working under Thawar Chand Gehlot.
His RPI(A) organisation is a part of the National Democratic Alliance led by the BJP.
Devyani Khobragade was proposed for the role of Personal Secretary to Ramdas Athawale in July 2016 but the appointment was refused by Gehlot, who saw a conflict of interest because her father, Uttam Khobragade, was the national executive president of the RPI(A).
When Ramdas Athawale established a children’s’ wing of the RPI(A) in September 2017, Ramdas Athawale appointed his son, then aged 12, to be its leader.
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