‘Pehle naam boliye’: When Ramdas Athawale forgot to say his name while taking oath

Ramdas Athawale is a Dalit leader and is a member of the Rajya Sabha

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2016 1:46 pm
ramdas athawale, modi cabinet, modi cabinet reshuffle, cabinet reshuffle, cabinet expansion, ramdas athawale oath, ramdas athawale swearing in, pranab mukherjee Ramdas Athawale (right) taking oath as a minister in the union council of ministers at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi (ANI photo)

RPI leader Ramdas Athawale forgot to say his name while taking oath as a minister of state at the Rashtrapati Bhawan earlier today. The Maharashtra leader had to be nudged by President Pranab Mukherjee to take his name mid-way into the oath.

Athawale is a Dalit leader and is a member of the Rajya Sabha. Athawale’s party, the Republican Party of India, is an ally of the BJP in Maharashtra.

Dressed in dark blue kurta-pyjama, a yellow jacket and a turban, Athawale finished his oath by shouting the slogan of ‘Jai Bheem, Jai Bharat’.

Athawale’s induction into the council of ministers is seen as balancing important caste equations ahead of important elections in Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai.

In Maharashtra, Dalits constitute 10.8 per cent votes. In Mumbai, Dalit population is 16 per cent which the party feels will work to its advantage in the 227 wards in BMC elections. There are at least 60 BMC wards in Mumbai with a Dalit population ranging from 10,000 to over a lakh. Athavale is expected to help in vote transformation of Dalits in favour of BJP candidates in the BMC polls.

(With inputs from Shubhangi Khapre)

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  1. T
    Jul 5, 2016 at 10:16 am
    Ramdas athavale, Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Yogi Aditynath, Uma Bharti,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All in one place.
    1. C
      Col (RETD)
      Jul 5, 2016 at 9:59 am
      Athavaleji, Heartiest congratulations. After a long spell he became a minister. This is a golden opportunity to prove himself. All the best.
      1. J
        jagdish gogawale
        Jul 5, 2016 at 11:49 am
        BJP planning for b m c elections which next year in Mumbai .Athavely is por RPI leader. Shivsena is in trouble in Mumbai , of this Modi,Shah game plan .
        1. K
          Jul 5, 2016 at 1:57 pm
          Boot licking Thackares for a long time this goon got MP for Rajyasabha,Boot licking Fadanvis he become jr minister, a great achievement indeed ! By boot licking modi, soon he can be a president of India !
          1. K
            Jul 5, 2016 at 2:42 pm
            Cow MUTRA !
            1. K
              Jul 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm
              Soon India will be holiest place on earth !
              1. S
                Sunil Majhi
                Jul 5, 2016 at 10:05 am
                I love Ramdas Athavale Saheb, he is my Icon. This is a very proud moment for me and my family. He deserves to me the President of India.
                1. N
                  Jul 6, 2016 at 12:25 am
                  This is how Islamic Express makes fun of Dalits and still they want to convert them to Islam. Is not saying one's name during the oath ceremony mean he has no name or has forgotten his name and furthermore does this news deserve a headline to show Dalits in poor light.
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