- Search results for Ramdas Athawale
As per the seat-sharing deal, the BJP will contest 25 seats and Shiv Sena 23 of 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
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.
Athawale said the BJP would get significant number of votes from Muslims and Dalits as well.
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.
Ramdas Athawale said he would soon meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to submit this demand.