Rahul should not dream of PM’s post for 15 yrs, says Athawale

ST Correspondent
Monday, 14 May 2018

Speaking at a press conference organised in the city recently, Union Minister for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale predicted that the BJP will get a clear majority in the Karnataka assembly elections.

Pune: Speaking at a press conference organised in the city recently, Union Minister for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale predicted that the BJP will get a clear majority in the Karnataka assembly elections. Referring to the recent statement of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, he said Rahul should not dream of becoming the PM for the next 15 years at least, as he is “not ready yet.”

Athawale was in the city to talk about the national conference of his party, the Republican Party of India (Athawale faction) which will be held this month at the SSPMS grounds. 

When asked about the situation in Karnataka, he said his party had put in all its strength behind the BJP. “We are contesting in the Karnataka election on 36 seats and are supporting the BJP on 194 seats. We are sure the BJP will get a majority win as the party has the support of the Lingayat, Dalit and OBC communities.”

Athawale said he thinks Bhujbal was implicated in a ‘planned’ conspiracy. “He has been unfairly implicated in corruption charges,” Athawale said.

The minister visited the grieving family of Pooja Sakat, the 19-year-old girl from Sanaswadi who was recently found dead in a well.

About the SC-ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, he said, “The court has no right to change a law. The cases of misuse that the court states are very rare. The act is not misused to that large extent. The government will file another review petition with the court.  

“The Prime Minister has agreed to implement reservation in promotions in government jobs. The court said  reservations can’t be implemented in promotions, but the Constitution calls in for reservations in all areas,” he added. 

Athawale was in the city to talk about the national conference of his party, the Republican Party of India which will be held this month at the SSPMS grounds.  When asked about the situation in Karnataka, he said his party had put in all its strength behind the BJP. 

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