Ramdas Athawale says Dalits supporting BJP govt as Centre's welfare policies are for all communities

Visakhapatnam: Union minister of state for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale Thursday said that his party was supporting the Modi-led government because of its social welfare policies for all communities.

File image of Ramdas Athawale. IBN Live

File image of Ramdas Athawale. IBN Live

Athawale was addressing a media conference here on Thursday.

"The NDA government has launched several welfare schemes for all communities particularly Dalits in the country. Hence, the Dalits are supporting the BJP government at the Centre," he said.

"The BJP government is treating all communities in an equal manner, and it is not against minority communities in the country," the minister said.

Athawale added that his ministry was providing scholarships for students of the the backward communities in the country. With a view to encourage intercaste marriages in the country, he said his ministry has been providing Rs 2.50 lakh to such couples.

Athawale urged Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu to encourage more such intercaste marriages in the state. On the issue of separate states, he said his party was supporting the demand for separate Vidarbha in Maharashtra and Purvanchal in Uttar Pradesh.

Updated Date: Aug 03, 2017 23:05 PM

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