NCP’s Jitendra Awhad Apologises After Tearing Ambedkar’s Photo During Protest, BJP Hits Back – News18

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NCP (Sharad Pawar faction) leader Jitendra Ahwad tears Babasaheb Ambedkar's photo during protest against Manusmriti. (Image: News18)

NCP (Sharad Pawar faction) leader Jitendra Ahwad tears Babasaheb Ambedkar’s photo during protest against Manusmriti. (Image: News18)

After receiving massive criticism, Jitendra Ahwad issued “unconditional apology” to the people of Maharashtra for hurting their sentiments

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday reacted strongly after Jitendra Awhad, leader of the National Congress Party (NCP) led by Sharad Pawar, stirred a major controversy and tore down the poster of Babasaheb Ambedkar during a protest against the inclusion of a verse from Manusmriti in the curriculum. However, after drawing widespread condemnation, Awhad issued an “unconditional apology” to the people of Maharashtra for hurting their sentiments.

“While protesting against Manusmriti in a spirit of emotion, I tore down the poster as the word Manusmriti was written on it. I did not realise Babasaheb’s photo was on it. The opposition will play politics on it. I made a mistake. I apologise for being too absorbed!” Awhad said explaining the incident.

BJP, NCP (Ajit Pawar Faction) Hits Back

Condemning Awhad’s action, the BJP attacked the Sharad Pawar-led NCP faction and said, “They tore down posters of Babasaheb. This is not just an insult to Ambedkar but to the entire Dalit community.”

Meanwhile, the NCP-led by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar demanded a criminal case against Jitendra Awhad for tearing the photo Ambedkar, sources reported.

NCP chief spokesperson Umesh Patil demanded that Awhad should be arrested at the earliest and the state government should immediately file a case against him for tearing down Dr BR Ambedkar’s portrait and trampling upon it. “In the name of burning the Manusmriti, Bhagendra (Jitendra) Awhad tore down Babasaheb Ambedkar’s statue and trampled it,” Patil added.

Patil further asked Sharad Pawar to answer Ambedkarites about what action he is going to take against Awhad. He also said that Awhad should be expelled from the party.

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