A bizarre statement by Maharashtra Cabinet Minister for Housing Jitendra Awhad is doing the rounds on social media. In an undated video, Awhad is seen telling an applauding crowd that Allah knew about the scourge of the Chinese virus pandemic in 2011 itself and therefore the MVA government built a graveyard in time.
Awhad supposedly made the statement while speaking during the inauguration of an NCP party office under corporator Farzana Shakir Sheikh in Mumbai’s Mumbra area. In the video, Awhad says “Allah knew in 2011 itself that the world would be hit by the deadly coronavirus in 2020 and therefore we had built the graveyard in time”.
"अल्लाह को 2011 में ही पता था की 2020 में कोरोना आयेगा; जो भी करता है वो अल्लाह ही करता है"
— आलू बोंडा (@ek_aalu_bonda) February 20, 2021
It is hard to decipher what is there to gloat about sanctioning the construction of a kabrastan (graveyard) but it is even more astonishing that the minister’s statement was welcomed by those present with rapturous applause.
Awhad has always been a controversial figure. Earlier he had ordered the assault of civil engineer Anant Karmuse. The assault had taken place at Awhad’s Thane bungalow over an alleged objectionable Facebook (FB) post. Thane resident Anant Karmuse was abducted on the night of 5th April by policemen who then took him to Awhad’s bungalow for supposedly putting up a post against the minister. Karmuse’s complaint states that on reaching the bungalow, he was badly beaten up by 15 to 20 goons in the presence of Awhad.
He had even insulted Hindus during CAA protests. OpIndia quotes Awhad as saying “I want to ask the Hindu brothers who are sitting here, where was the funeral of your ancestors? Muslims can tell where their ancestors’ graves are.”
(Featured Image Source: OpIndia)
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