Republican Party of India (Athavale) | Wikipedia audio article

Republican Party of India (Athavale) | Wikipedia audio article

The Republican Party of India (Athawale) is
a political party in India. The party is a splinter group of the Republican Party of
India and has its roots in the Scheduled Castes Federation led by B. R. Ambedkar. The president
of the party is Ramdas Athawale.==History==
Ramdas Athawale was member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council from 1990 to 1995 and
a cabinet member in the Government of Maharashtra. Subsequently, he was elected to the Parliament
of India, representing Mumbai North Central in the 12th Lok Sabha between 1998-99 and
the Pandharpur constituency from 1999 to 2004.After the 2004 election, it had a small representation
in the Lok Sabha and was a constituent of the ruling United Progressive Alliance. Its
presence is limited to Maharashtra. All factions of the RPI except Prakash Ambedkar’s
Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh have reunited to form a Republican Party of India (United).In
2011, the party aligned itself with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance.Rakhi
Sawant resigned from Rashtriya Aam Party and joined Republican Party of India (A) in June
2014 and expressed her desire to work for dalits. Rakhi serves as party’s state vice-president
and president of woman wing.In September 2015, the RPI(A) was one of 16 parties in Maharashtra
to lose its registration for not submitting audited balance sheets and IT return documents
since 2005. Thus they have lost their official election symbols.Athawale is only member in
Member of Parliament in Upper House of the Indian parliament. He is currently Minister
of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Department with Disability Affairs from July
2016 in Narendra Modi ministry.==See also==
Politics of India List of political parties in India
National Democratic Alliance Dalit

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