Union Minister Ramdas Athawale suggested the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to marry a Dalit woman. He on Sunday also stated that casteism cannot be eradicated merely by having meals with people of the community on Sunday in East Maharashtra's Akola.
Republican Party of India (Athavale) chief and a Dalit leader Ramdas Athawale said that he could help find a match for the Congress vice-president.
“Gandhi regularly visits houses of Dalits and eats with them. I think he should marry a Dalit woman,” said Athawale.
The minister of state for social justice also suggested that he could help Gandhi find a bride. “If needed, I will help finding one (match) for him,” added Athawale.
Athawale after suggesting said that he had no intentions to hurt or insult Rahul Gandhi on his marriage plans.
"I'm proposing it to present a model before the country. I have personally married a Brahmin girl. Casteism cannot be eradicated only by eating together," added the minister.
The Congress vice-president recently had said that he believed in destiny when it came to marriage. “Jab hogi, tab hogi (It will happen when it does)”
Athawale also said, “Rahul is not 'Pappu' anymore. He looks confident and hopefully can be a good leader."
Certain section of social media mock Rahul Gandhi by referring him as Pappu.