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Juvenile Justice Bill: Ramdas Athawale claims those with sexual urges should be forcibly married

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“Those who have sexual urges… they should be taught a lesson. They should get married. And if they have sex, then it should be consensual.”

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On Tuesday, veteran lawmaker Ramdas Athawale, the president of the Republic Party of India made some bizarre remarks before passing the Juvenile Justice Act in parliament. He was quoted saying by NDTV, “Those who have sexual urges… they should be taught a lesson. They should get married. And if they have sex, then it should be consensual.”He also used an expletive that was expunged from the remarks. He also claimed that during the times of Shivaji, no one would commit such crimes as their hands and legs were broken and the law should allow a modern democracy like India to do the same. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi thanked the opposition for passing the much-expected Juvenile Justice Bill under which juveniles aged 16 years and above will now be tried under laws for adults for heinous crimes.”This is a Bill that everyone feels strongly about and I am happy that everyone supported it,” Gandhi said as she stepped out of Parliament. Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary said her party was the architect of the Bill in many ways and just wanted an intense debate on various aspects of the Bill. CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said the walkout by the Left parties was not in protest of the Bill, but because they wanted the Bill to go to a Select Committee so that all aspects are looked into. “If tomorrow you catch hold of a young ISIS terrorist, you will say bring down the age by another two years. The question is not about the age but the kind of crime that has been committed,” he said. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, which provides for lowering the age for trial from 18 years, was passed by Rajya Sabha with a voice vote after a walkout by Left parties which wanted it to be sent to a Select Committee. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha earlier.

Was Chhota Rajan arrested because he is Dalit?: RPI leader Ramdas Athawale

He asked why Dawood Ibrahim was still not nabbed and asked whether Chhota Rajan was arrested because he was a Dalit.

He said that India had enough information on Dawood Ibrahim.

Ramdas Athawale, leader of Republican Party of India (RPI) on Friday gave caste undertones to Mumbai’s underworld don Chhota Rajan’s arrest.He asked why Dawood Ibrahim was still not nabbed and asked whether Chhota Rajan was arrested because he was a Dalit. “Chhota Rajan did nothing against the nation yet he got arrested. However, Dawood is still free. Is it only because he is a Dalit?,” he asked.He said that India had enough information on Dawood Ibrahim. “Not against Rajan’s arrest but Dawood has committed more serious crimes. India has not been able to nab him despite information available with them.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chhota Rajan aka Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje was arrested after arriving at Bali’s airport from Sydney, based on a red notice from Interpol and following a tip from Australian authorities in Canberra. Rajan’s younger brother, Deepak Nikalje, is Maharashtra Vice President of Republican Party of India (RPI). He had lost two consecutive assembly elections from Chembur.Born in Mumbai, Rajan is wanted for multiple charges including murder and possession and use of illegal firearms. In 2000, there was an attempt on his life when Dawood Ibrahim’s men tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed to escape through the hotel’s roof.

Had offered Cabinet berth to Ramdas Athawale but he didn’t respond: Shiv Sena

Athawale, a Rajya Sabha member, has been asking the Devendra Fadnavis-led government for a ministerial berth in the state Cabinet since the BJP formed the government.
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Amid demands from RPI(A) chief Ramdas Athawale for ministerial post in the Maharashtra dispensation, the Shiv Sena on Sunday said it had offered its Cabinet berth at the Centre to the Dalit leader but he did not respond to it.Athawale, a Rajya Sabha member, has been asking the Devendra Fadnavis-led government for a ministerial berth in the state Cabinet since the BJP formed the government.”Our party was ready to give up our portfolio at the Centre and present it to Ramdas Athawale. I feel that he should definitely get a ministerial berth at the Centre,” Sena leader and Maharashtra Environment minister Ramdas Kadam told reporters here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Uddhavji himself had given his offer to Athawale at Matoshree as he felt that he deserved it. But there was no clear response then,” he said.Senior Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete is the Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister at the Centre.In a terse response to Kadam’s comments, Athawale said that he would not do “just anything” to get a ministerial berth and that he values his partners more than anything else. Athawale had, in the run up to the Lok Sabha election, sewed up an alliance with the BJP and other smaller parties, while the Sena had contested alone.”I do not do just anything to get a ministerial berth at the Centre. For me, my associates are more important. If (late BJP stalwart) Gopinath Munde would have been alive, he would have firmly stood behind me today. Even though the Election Commission has deregistered my party, nobody can take away the immense popularity that we enjoy among people,” the RPI(A) leader said.The Maharashtra Election Commission (SEC) had last week deregistered 16 state-level political parties in Maharashtra, including the Ramdas Athawale-led RPI faction, for alleged failure to submit income tax returns and audited accounts between 2005 and 2014.Despite sending reminders to them and extending the deadline on request of some of the political parties, these 16 parties allegedly failed to submit any documents, leading to their deregistration, the SEC had said in its statement.

Where are the BJP’s Dalit leaders?

When BJP president Amit Shah filled the vacancies in his team of office-bearers recently and allocated organisational responsibilities, it turned out there was no Dalit among the party general secretaries, vice-presidents and secretaries.

The BJP has been trying to reach out to Dalits, but there seems to be a muted resentment within the party on their inadequate representation in the team of national office-bearers while “outsiders” from the community entered the NDA fold.When BJP president Amit Shah filled the vacancies in his team of office-bearers recently and allocated organisational responsibilities, it turned out there was no Dalit among the party general secretaries, vice-presidents and secretaries.This has come as a surprise to the Dalit leaders in the party, who were expecting that Thawarchand Gehlot and Ramshankar Katheria — two former office-bearers who were inducted into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s council of ministers last year would be replaced with members from the scheduled caste community. Besides, the BJP had managed to wean away large chunks of the dalit vote from the BSP and Congress during the Lok Sabha elections. Gehlot, however, continues to be a member of the BJP’s parliamentary board, the party’s highest decision-making body.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to BJP sources, the Dalit leaders in the party were feeling let down that the party leadership had more faith in ‘outsiders’ from the community than in them. A party leader said that with this approach, the BJP will have no Dalit face to project to wean away voters from Mayawati’s BSP in Uttar Pradesh, which goes to polls in 2017. The party was banking on LJP’s Ram Vilas Paswan and former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to win over the Dalits and Mahadalits in Bihar, and in Maharshtra the party had aligned with Ramdas Athawale’s RPI.However, Dalit leaders in BJP refused to talk on the issue. One party leader said, “We are bound to Hastinapur”. They were of the view that it was not a deliberate move to keep them out of senior posts in the organisation but just a matter of omission, sources said. What had apparently raised their hopes was that the BJP, which was seen as an upper caste party, was focusing on the Dalit vote, antyodaya, integral humanism and celebration for BR Ambedkar’s anniversary,”There is a feeling in BJP that the community changed political affiliations and has not remain committed,” said BJP leader Sanjay Paswan, the former chief of the SC morcha, when asked why the BJP’s Dalits were missing from senior organisational posts.The BJP had roped in Udit Raj, who is now a party MP, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Vijay Sonkar Shastri is a party spokesperson and Dushyant Gautam heads the SC Morcha.

Muslims should demand ban on sale of beef to promote communal harmony: Shahnawaz Hussain

Kicking up another controversy, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Saturday asked Muslims to demand ban on sale of beef in their states to “promote communal harmony”.

Kicking up another controversy, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Saturday asked Muslims to demand ban on sale of beef in their states to “promote communal harmony”.”Decisions are taken by the government based on public sentiments. Each government wants that public sentiments should not be hurt. The Maharashtra government too has banned the sale of beef after taking public sentiments into account,” Hussain told reporters here. “Muslims from other states should take cue from the Maharashtra government’s decisions and come forward to demand ban on the sale of beef in their respective states. This will promote communal harmony,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When asked about his colleague Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s comments on sending the beef-eaters to Pakistan, Shahnawaz said, “Our intention is not to hurt anybody’s sentiments. We don’t have any right to send anybody to Pakistan and nobody is going to do that even if we ask them to. Moreover, we are not going to do that (ask those who eat beef to go to Pakistan).Maharashtra government’s decision (to ban beef in the state) is to bring communal harmony. Our eating habits should be the same”. The decision to extend ban on cow slaughter to bulls and bullocks in the state has invited a strident opposition from the BJP’s allies like the Republican Party of India (RPI) led by Rajya Sabha MP Ramdas Athawale who have been demanding an immediate revocation of the order in the interest of people.

Bowing to Athawale’s demand, Maha hotel owners to serve Marathi dishes in every restaurant

Mumbai: Bowing to the demand of Republican Party of India (Athawale), association of hotel owners has decided to make available marathi dishes in every restaurant in Maharashtra.

RPI chief and Rajya Sabha MP Ramdas Athawale had threatened to launch an agitation over the demand.

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“I have had a very successful meeting with restaurant owners today and they have agreed to our demand that marathi cuisine needs to be served in every restaurant.

“While we do not mind people being served other cuisines, it would be injustice to our culture if the option to eat Maharashtrian food was denied,” Athawale said, after meeting representatives of Indian Hotels and Restaurants Association (AHAR) here.

RPI vice president Vivek Pandit, who was present at the meeting, said after intense discussions, AHAR agreed to
provide popular Maharashtrian dishes such as batata-vada and poha on menus everywhere.

“To reciprocate this gesture, we will take up the issues of restaurant owners. We cannot let them down,” he said.

Adarsh Shetty, president of AHAR, said several restaurants in Mumbai and elsewhere already offer Maharashtrian dishes, but now they would be available in every restaurant.

“Respecting Athawale’s demand, we have decided to include them in menus of all hotels. From the next week, all restaurants will serve Maharashtrian cuisine,” he said.

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Athawale not allowed to board aircraft despite being issued a boarding pass

Mumbai: RPI(A) chief Ramdas Athawale was on Tuesday allegedly not allowed to board a Jet Airways aircraft despite the airline having issued boarding pass to him, prompting irked party workers to protest outside the private carrier’s office on Monday.

Ramdas Athawale.

Ramdas Athawale.

Athawale had to board the Jet Airways aircraft 9W 313 on Tuesday morning scheduled at 5.15 AM.

He had planned his journey from Mumbai to Aurangabad from where he was scheduled to go to Maharashtra’s Beed district to attend the funeral of deceased activist Eknath Ahvad.

“The flight was scheduled to take off at 5.15 AM and I reached at airport 27 minutes before departure and got the boarding pass also. But I was shocked to hear from the ground staff that I cannot get entry into the plane as I was late by 4-5 minutes,” Athawale told PTI.

The leader said that being a frequent and disciplined flyer with Jet Airways, he should have been allowed to travel.

“I will file a complaint with Aviation Minister and also raise this issue in Rajya Sabha,” Athawale said.

Later, Jet Airways’ spokesperson issued a statement and denied the allegations.

“Jet Airways airport staff had briefed the guest’s protocol team in advance about the departure time of the flight to ensure on-time boarding. Unfortunately, the guest could not reach the airport in time. We offered to make alternate arrangements for his travel,” the statement said.

Later, some RPI(A) workers held a demonstration outside the Jet Airways’ office in Mumbai and demanded an apology from the management.

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Maharashtra: RPI(A) opposes blanket ban on beef, to discuss it with CM Fadnavis

Republican Party of India (A), an ally of the BJP-led coalition in the state, is against the blanket ban on beef in Maharashtra and will soon take up the issue with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, party chief Ramdas Athawale said on Sunday.

Republican Party of India (A), an ally of the BJP-led coalition in the state, is against the blanket ban on beef in Maharashtra and will soon take up the issue with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, party chief Ramdas Athawale said on Sunday.”The RPI (A) is opposed to such a ban which has created problems with regard to the aged animals and for beef-eaters across the state,” Athawale told reporters here today.Though the RPI (A) is part of the BJP-led alliance in the state, it is not in favour of such a ban, he said.Athawale said his party respects the sentiments of cow worshippers, but the ban is unjust.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government should not ban killing of undesired cows who are aged and not milking. There should be some age criteria for animals to be kept out of the purview of slaughtering, he said.The farmers who have such aged animals will find it difficult to feed them. Moreover, there will be scarcity for the leather industry in future and “shoe-less days are ahead,” Athawale said.Responding to a question, Athawale said it is not only Muslims but also non-Muslims who are beef-sellers in the state.The new Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act bans slaughter of bulls and bullocks.The ban has sparked protests from political and cultural outfits, alleging it amounted to encroachment on individual choices and eating habits of large sections of people, especially the minority communities.On the issue of Land Acquisition Bill, he said the government should provide adequate compensation to farmers whose land is acquired.Athwale said the government should disburse the land, acquired during ‘Bhoodan movement’ by late Acharya Vinoba Bhave, to the landless people who are estimated to be around 35 crores in the country.The government should ensure that the farmers whose land is acquired are paid adequate compensation and they should be fully satisfied with it.Meanwhile, Athawale said his party has voiced concerns over the setting up of a nuclear power plant at Jaitapur.”During UPA rule also we opposed the Jaitapur nuclear plant and on this issue, we are with Shiv Sena,” he said.The Shiv Sena has been opposing the Jaitapur nuclear power plant, being planned in the Ratnagiri district, around 400 kms from Mumbai.Senior BJP leader late Gopinath Munde too had opposed the Jaitapur nuclear plant, Athawale claimed.Citing fatal accidents at nuclear power plants across the world, including in Japan two years back, he said the next generation is going to be affected by the radiations from it.

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