Pune: “All Dalits and other backward classes should unite and form a Republican Party which will work for the betterment of our people. We all are working for the upliftment of these classes under Bharatratna Dr BR Ambedkar’s principles but we work in separate groups, instead, we should unite and work as one,” said Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athavale here on Saturday at Vijaystambh at Prenaphata in Koregaon Bhima.
Athavale, Pune District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, MP Amar Sable, Deputy Mayor Sidharatha Dhende and many others visited the Vijaystambh, which completes 200 years marking the battle in 1818 between British forces and Peshwa-led Maratha forces on Monday.
Speaking over the suggested changes in the Constitution, Athavale said, “The current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi consider the Constitution as a holy book and work accordingly. This government is not led by Manusmirti but Bhimsmriti.”
“Congress never did anything for the upliftment of the Dalits, on the contrary, this government is making decisions for the benefit of Dalits. It built Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Centre in Delhi and a statue of Dr Ambedkar at Hindu Mill, in Mumbai,” he said.
“But still, if this government diverts its path from the Constitution then we will step out of the government. We are of the opinion that the Maratha community should get reservation. Also, I will take up the issue of construction of a memorial here with the State government,” he added.
Sable said people should choose the path of peace by taking up thoughts of Buddha and a memorial will get constructed under the leadership of Athavale. “We will also give donations for the memorial of Govind Gopal Gaikwad at Vadu,” he said.