Ramdas Athawale

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Ramdas Athawale
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment
Assumed office
5 July 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
MP of Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra
Assumed office
3 April 2014
Member of Loksabha
In office
Constituency Pandharpur
Personal details
Born (1959-12-25) 25 December 1959 (age 56)
Agalgaon, Sangli district, Maharashtra
Political party RPI(A)
Spouse(s) Seema Athawale
Children Jit
Residence Samvidhan, Opposite Guru Nanak Hospital, Kalanagar, Bandra, Mumbai
Occupation politician
Religion Buddhist
As of 25 May, 2014
Source: Rajya Sabha official

Ramdas Bandu Athawale (Marathi: रामदास बंडू आठवले) (born 25 December 1959) is a member Rajya Sabha of Indian parliament and from Dalit community. He is also former Member of Lok sabha of India. He represented the Pandharpur constituency of Maharashtra and is the president of the Republican Party of India (Athawale) political party. He also represented Mumbai North Central in 12th Lok Sabha during 1998-99. He left the NCP-Congress alliance in 2011 after having lost the 2009 Lok Sabha election. Athawale led the RPI party, joined the Shivsena-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance in 2011 and contested Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections together. Ramdas Athawale lost in the Shirdi Lok Sabha constituency election in 2009.

In 2014, Athawale was elected to the upper house of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. He represents Maharashtra.


Athawale demanded firearms [1] for Dalits from Indian Government[2] for self-defense and to resist oppression.

He is currently Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Department.


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