New Delhi, July 30: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally and an influential Dalit politician Ramdas Athawale lashed out at the self-styled cow vigilantes, accusing them of spreading hooliganism, in the name of gau raksha. Athawale, who heads the Republican Party of India (RPI-A) also condemned Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, accusing her of paying only lip service to Ambedkar. “If she is a true Ambedkarite, then why is she still a Hindu?” Also Read - After 'Go Corona, Corona Go', Ramdas Athawale Says 'No Corona, Corona No' to Stop COVID-19 Mutation

Athawale, who enjoys the Minister of State rank in Ministry of Social Justice, stated that the Una incident is extremely serious in nature, and the government should take strict action to stop such cow vigilantes from persecuting Dalits. (ALSO READ: Narendra Modi’s silence on Dalit assault is devaluation of Prime Minister’s post: Congress) Also Read - Mayawati's Father Passes Away at 95, Party Leaders Express Grief

“If you do hatya (murder) in the name of gau raksha, then who will do manav raksha,” Athawale said while speaking to The Indian Express. Also Read - Will Forge Alliance With Samajwadi Party To Defeat BJP In 2022 UP Polls, Says PSP Chief Shivpal Yadav

Athawale showed a skeptical approach towards Mayawati, indicating that she is only playing with the sentiments of Dalits. Athawale demanded her to convert herself into a Buddhist to prove her true Dalit credentials. Athawale claimed that Mayawati would keep criticising Manuwad (the school of thought within Hinduism which advocates Brahmin supremacy), but would herself never leave the ambits of Hinduism. “Why is she not a Buddhist if she claims to be a true Ambedkarite?”