6 Jan 2024

Mumbai: NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad booked for his this controversial remark on Lord Ram

Mumbai Police have registered a case against Nationalist Congress Party MLA Jitendra Awhad for his controversial remarks on Lord Ram.

Police officials said that an FIR has been lodged against MLA Jitendra Awhad late on Friday night at MIDC police station in suburban Andheri.

A case was registered against him in Pune also on Friday itself. In Pune, the FIR against Awhad was registered based on a complaint lodged by the Bharatiya Janata Party's city unit chief Dhiraj Ghate, police said.

NCP's Sharad Pawar faction MLA Jitendra Awhad represents the Mumbra-Kalwa seat of Thane district in the Maharashtra Assembly.

This FIR has been lodged against Jitendra Awhad in Mumbai by local leader of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Gautam Rawaria.

The complainant says that he heard Jitendra Awhad making objectionable remarks about Lord Ram on a TV channel.

A case has been registered against Jitendra Awhad under section 295 (A) of the IPC for inciting religious sentiments.

Three days ago, Jitendra Awhad had sparked controversy at a party event in Shirdi on Wednesday by saying, "Lord Ram is a non-vegetarian. He used to hunt and eat it. He is ours, belongs to the Bahujans. You people (BJP people) are making us vegetarian but we follow Lord Ram and eat mutton."

The word 'Bahujan' has been used for non-Brahmins in Maharashtra society. However, later Jitendra Awhad also expressed regret over his statement.

In a press conference held on Thursday, he said that till 22nd (the date of inauguration of Ram temple in Ayodhya) no one will talk on facts, only on sentiments. Therefore he expresses regret over his statement.

However, during this time, he referred to a Shloka of 'Ayodhya Kand' in Valmiki Ramayana published in 1891.

He claimed that this verse mentions Ram eating mutton. He said that I have only said what is written in the book.

Jitendra Awhad said, "Nevertheless, respecting public sentiments... I express my regret."

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