NCP chief Jitendra Awhad comes out of courtroom soon after being granted bail, a working day after he was arrested for allegedly disrupting a display of Marathi film Har Har Mahadev at a cinema corridor, in Thane, on November 12, 2022. | Picture Credit: PTI
After the law enforcement registered a circumstance of molestation against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad, the former Minister reported on Monday he was resigning his legislative publish even as protests in guidance of Mr. Awhad erupted in opposition to the ruling Shinde-Fadnavis govt in Mumbra in Thane district.
Although Mr. Awhad reported the molestation case was “a conspiracy” to defame him publicly, the NCP and the other Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) functions declared that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction were stooping to a new stage to silence the opposition by maligning them.
The Mumbra police had registered a case all-around Sunday midnight towards Mr. Awhad less than Indian Penal Code (IPC) Portion 354 (assault or felony force to girl with intent to outrage her modesty), subsequent a grievance by a female considered to be a BJP activist.
The complainant alleged that the NCP leader had ‘pushed’ her while he was producing way for himself throughout the dispersal of a group just after an inauguration celebration exactly where Mr. Awhad shared stage with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.
A purported clip following the flyover inauguration celebration reveals the MLA brushing the lady aside (among other individuals) in order to distinct a route for the CM’s convoy.
This is 2nd situation lodged towards Mr. Awhad—a 3-phrase member of the Mumbra-Kalwa Assembly segment—in less than a few times. The NCP chief was arrested final Friday (and afterwards unveiled on bail the next working day) soon after he and his supporters reportedly stopped the screening of a Marathi film Har Har Mahadev at a Thane multiplex, alleging the movie grossly distorted the record of Chhatrapati Shivaji.
Upset by the fact, Mr. Awhad on Monday announced on Twitter that he was resigning as MLA. “Police lodged two wrong problems towards me like on prices under IPC 354. I am taking selection to resign as MLA. I will fight against this sort of law enforcement atrocities in opposition to me. I are unable to see the murder of democracy with my eyes,” he tweeted.
Talking to reporters later on, a visibly distraught Mr. Awhad claimed that though he could confront any quantity of phoney scenarios lodged versus him beneath any segment of the IPC, a situation underneath sections 354 and 376 “were unacceptable” to him.
“Section 354 and 376 is pretty really serious and I have no desire to be tainted by them. Maharashtra is heading via a incredibly poor section politically. 3 times right before a bogus circumstance was lodged in opposition to me. But that is a authorized fight. In this article, by lodging a circumstance beneath part 354, they are seeking to demolish my character. The allegation of molestation is unacceptable to me. You may even lodge murder circumstances in opposition to me…but this defamatory clause is staying wielded in these a manner that it will lessen my social standing,” he said.
Assistance builds for Mr. Awhad
Though the NCP major brass, like Point out President Jayant Patil, Chief of Opposition in the Assembly Ajit Pawar and Baramati MP Supriya Sule, attempted to dissuade Mr. Awhad from resigning, protests erupted in Mumbra in his guidance and versus the federal government.
Mr. Awhad’s wife, Ruta Awhad, who led the protests in aid of her husband versus the govt, explained the woman’s complaint was strange and that by her definition, every very little push or shove that occurred in crowded bazaars or railway station would qualify as ‘molestation’ makes an attempt.
“If a single is going to any political rally or application and if she thinks she is a ‘touch me not’ type, then she have to not go there,” stated Ms. Awhad, lashing out towards the complainant by saying that she had “a motive” in defaming her spouse.
Stability was beefed up in the minority-dominated location as tires had been burnt at a number of places, although outlets were being shutdown to convey solidarity with Mr. Awhad, identified as a popular leader in his phase.
“Jitendra Awhad is getting continuously targeted. He is a good and sensitive people’s consultant. It is exceptionally regrettable the degree to which politics have plummeted in the State…he should really not resign as resignation is not the remedy,” mentioned Ms. Sule.
She further reported that in a massive group, it was evident there would be some jostling and that this was no reason for any individual to lodge an serious circumstance (secn. 354 of IPC) from Mr. Awhad.
Both equally Mr. Patil and Mr. Pawar hastened to Mr. Awhad’s home to give him achievements and try out and talk him out of resigning his write-up.
“Such a point has not occurred in Maharashtra before… if the opposition’s voices are currently being suppressed in this manner just mainly because the federal government has transformed, then it is in truth shameful,” mentioned Mr. Pawar.
“If you see the clip, it is apparent he is just asking her [the complainant] to go on a person facet so the CM’s convoy can shift ahead. Nobody knows who has motivated her to lodge this kind of a grievance. We urge the police office to at least consider just before accepting these issues in upcoming,” said Mr. Pawar, including that he would be drawing Mr. Fadnavis’ awareness promptly to this subject.
Remarking that the FIR was a “clear conspiracy” towards Mr. Awhad, Mr. Pawar claimed that CM Shinde himself should to have arrive out and clarified there was no molestation whatsoever given that the incident happened suitable in advance of his eyes.
Mr. Awhad has presently penned a resignation letter resolved to the Assembly Speaker.
Nevertheless, Mr. Pawar mentioned that the final final decision on Mr. Awhad’s resignation would be taken by NCP main Sharad Pawar and that Mr. Awhad would regard the NCP chief’s selection.
In the meantime, stating that his authorities had never finished, nor supposed to carry out any investigation out of any political malice, Mr. Shinde denied allegations of any political vendetta staying behind the FIR against Mr. Awhad.
“The girl has submitted a criticism. The police will probe as for each the regulation. There is no tension on them and neither is there any political vendetta behind it. The law enforcement will validate her claims,” claimed the CM.
The BJP strike out at Mr. Awhad’s ‘resignation antics’, with senior Girish Mahajan indicating he ought to have a lot more religion in the regulation instead of needlessly getting agitated. “Whether he needs to give his resignation or not, that is his affair. What is the want to get so agitated? He needs to have some faith in law. This drama have to stop,” he explained.