Republican Party of India (Athawale), an ally of ruling BJP, on Wednesday asked the Maharashtra Government to have a rethink on the expanded beef ban law and announced a state-wide protest against the legislation, which it said ignores economic welfare of farmers.
After Shiv Sena, it is now Ramdas Athawale-led Republican Party of India (RPI) which has demanded that the Indian Premier League (IPL) should contribute match profits for drought relief in Maharashtra.
Union Agriculture Minister and NCP
president Sharad Pawar on Friday questioned RPI leader Ramdas
Athawale`s allegiance to B R Ambedkar`s ideals, in the light
of Athawale`s joining hands with Shiv Sena and BJP.
Republican Party of India (RPI)
leader Ramdas Athawale on Monday met Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray
as a part of efforts to form an alliance with the Sena-BJP
combine against ruling Congress-NCP in the state.
Prominent backward community leaders
from Maharashtra, including Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan
Bhujbal, on Saturday welcomed the government`s move for considering
first caste based data in a census after 1931.