Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ wife Amruta is at the centre of a controversy after local TV channels showed her seeking the blessings of a religious leader who then plucks a chain out of thin air and presents it to her.
Amruta Fadnavis has since clarified that she was just paying her respects to an elderly person and that she does not believe in any miracles. “I have been brought up with these values and will continue to do so,” she said. “Guruwanand Swami gave me the chain as his blessing. I want to clarify that I don’t believe in any kind of miracle,” she added.
But critics, who include rationalists and political opponents of her husband, accused her of encouraging superstition by her actions at an awards function in Pune on Sunday.
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Avinash Patil, executive president of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, working for eradication of blind faith, demanded an apology from the CM.
“We condemn such an act as it is against the scientific temper. More importantly, not a single person present there objected to the superstition that includes CM’s wife,” Patil told HT. He even announced a cash reward of Rs 21 lakh if Guruwanand could produce a chain again out of thin air in controlled conditions. Patil wanted a criminal case registered suo motu against Guruwanand under The Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013.
Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson, also demanded action against the swami. “We already have an act passed to curb blind faith. This man should be booked under the same for this act,” Malik told HT.