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Experts said the statement was problematic and indicated the government was in denial of the fact that manual scavenging existed.
The government does not have so much money and it has sought funds from the Reserve Bank of India, but it is not obliging, he told reporters at Islampur in Sangli district on Monday.
Athawale further said that Prime Minister Modi has nothing to do with the party's defeat in the three states. It is a defeat of the BJP, not the Prime Minister.
The RPI (A) is an ally of the BJP at the Centre, an alliance that has allowed Athawale to get a portfolio there.
Athawale was slapped by worker of his party's youth wing Pravin Gosavi on Saturday night during an event in Ambarnath city here.
The incident occurred as the Minister came down after addressing a meeting when the youth suddenly lunged at him, pushed and slapped him on the face, according to eyewitnesses.
The two parties have been at loggerheads over several issues and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said that his party would fight all future polls alone.
Akbar Sunday had rejected the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled as "false and fabricated" and vowed legal action, while suggesting this was part of an "agenda".
Ramdas Athawale said he would soon meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to submit this demand.
In a statement issued in Mumbai, Athawale, a BJP ally and the Union Minister of State for Social Justice, said that he understands people are getting affected by the rising fuel prices.
Referring to the allowances he gets, Athawale said, "I am not suffering from rising fuel prices as I am a minister. I may suffer if I lose my ministerial post."
The Bombay High Court, in June, asked the ministry to consider issuing the directive to the media.
Athawale said that the Act could not be changed now and it was the duty of all sections of society to support Dalits on this issue.
Speaking in Nagpur, Maharashtra, he said that his party-- the Republican Party of India (Athawale)-- was opposed to the government's advisory against the use of the word Dalit.
Union Minister Ramdas Athawale to move Supreme Court over usage of 'dalit' to refer to Scheduled Castes
Athawale told reporters on Wednesday that the word Dalit symbolises the struggle undertaken to give these communities their rights.