The Dalit leader also asserted that his own party's alliance with the the BJP remains intact.
"If the Sena does not ally with the BJP, it will suffer in upcoming elections," he said, addressing a press conference here in North Maharashtra.
The Sena and the BJP are part of the governments at the Centre and also in Maharashtra.
Sena has earlier announced that it will contest all future polls alone.
Asked about the rising incidents of atrocities on Dalits in the country, Athawale blamed them on the existing social system and maintained that the government was not responsible for such cases.
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