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Abhishek Singhvi condemned the remarks made by Union minister Ramdas Athawale on petrol and diesel, saying they are 'insensitive' and a 'cruel joke' on the people of the country.
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.
Union Minister Ramdas Athawale opposes Sanatan Sanstha's demand for dropping secular word from Constitution
Athawale, who heads RPI (A), demanded a proper probe as the Sanstha is facing serious allegations.
Goel, who has been appointed as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) chairperson, allegedly had been the part of the SC bench, which gave a wrong judgment related to the SC/ST Act.
Union Minister Ramdas Athawale says that if Jagan joins NDA, even special status for AP will be provided