"Hegde has no control over what he says. He earlier talked about changing the Constitution of India. Now, he is comparing his critics on the Koregaon Bhima incident with barking dogs," Mr Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice, said in a statement.
Mr Athawale demanded action against Ananth Kumar Hegde for "constantly talking against the Centre's policy".
"Hegde has used unpleasant words against Dalits. This is not acceptable," he said.
"It has been misinterpreted. I haven't made any such remark against Dalits. The Congress is deliberately trying to damage my image by alluding the remark to Dalits," the Minister of State for Skill Development Entrepreneurship had said.
Mr Hegde had stirred a hornet's nest while addressing a function at Bellary on Saturday when he reportedly said, "We are stubborn people. When dogs bark on the road, we don't care."
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