Ayodhya Ram Mandir: NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad’s remark on Lord Ram has sparked a huge row

New Delhi:

Days prior to the mega Ram temple consecration ceremony in Ayodhya to be attended by prime leaders, Nationalist Congress Celebration (NCP) leader Jitendra Awhad has provoked a controversy with his remark that “Lord Ram was a non-vegetarian”.

Mr Awhad, who belongs to the Sharad Pawar camp of the NCP, manufactured the remark at an occasion in Maharashtra’s Shridi on Wednesday.

“Lord Ram belongs to us, Bahujans. He utilised to hunt and consume animals. He is a Bahujan. They are hoping to make all people a vegetarian by providing Lord Ram’s instance. But Lord Ram was not a vegetarian, he was a non-vegetarian. A person who has stayed in the forest for 14 yrs – wherever will he go to uncover vegetarian food stuff?” Mr Awhad stated, referring to the a long time Lord Ram used in the forests in the Hindu epic Ramayana.

The remark, which will come ahead of the grand consecration of the new Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya later this month, has sparked a large controversy, with some searching for motion versus him for hurting spiritual sentiments.

A massive team of supporters of the Ajit Pawar faction of the NCP turned up outside Mr Awhad’s Mumbai house on Wednesday night and shouted slogans versus him. The protesters returned this morning with a poster of Mr Awhad, which they repeatedly strike with slippers.

The police have deployed extra personnel in front of Mr Awhad’s home.

Led by BJP MLA Ram Kadam, the protesters reported they will march to the closest police station and file a scenario against the NCP MLA in excess of his reviews that harm the sentiments of Hindus.

“All devotees of Lord Ram will file a law enforcement situation against Jitendra Awhad,” Mr Kadam reported. “If Balasaheb were alive, present-day Saamana newspaper would have spoken harshly to individuals who called Lord Ram a non-vegetarian,” Mr Kadam explained in a write-up on X, referring to the Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece.

“But what is the fact currently? Anybody can say just about anything about Lord Ram everyone can make enjoyable of Hindus. They do not treatment. They are as chilly as ice. But occur elections, they will discuss about Hindutva,” the BJP MLA stated.

Mr Awhad, having said that, did not prevent at Lord Ram. He pressed on and opened a further controversy with his comment that India acquired independence only because of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

“No make any difference what somebody states, the truth is that we acquired independence only since of Gandhi and Nehru. Gandhi ji was not assassinated in 1947, but the very first assault on him took spot in 1935, the second in 1938, and the third in 1942,” Mr Awhad said.

“Right after all, why did they attack him so lots of moments… for the reason that Gandhi ji was a tradesman and an OBC (Other Backward Lessons). The actuality that the chief of this kind of a big independence movement was an OBC was not acceptable to them (RSS),” the MLA of the Sharad Pawar NCP faction mentioned, referring to the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

In Ayodhya, the area authorities and the police are earning arrangements for the anticipated surge in readers about the Ram temple consecration ceremony. Security has been tightened and steps are in put to guarantee the temple’s consecration party goes easily.