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Bhide creates row with 'mangoes for sons' remarks,gets slammed

Press Trust of India  |  Nashik/Pune 

Controversial leader has said that a number of couples were blessed with sons after eating mangoes from his orchard, drawing sharp reactions from various quarters.

"Mangoes are powerful and nutritious. Some women who ate mangoes of my gardenhave given birth to sons," said addressing a gathering in last night.

Bhide, a former RSS activist who heads the Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, is an accused in the January 1 Bhima-Koregaon caste violence case.

While has expressed deep anguish over Bhide's remarks, an anti-superstition organisation has demanded that a police case be filed against the right wing leader.

Sule said she was pained as a mother and a woman after hearing the statement of

"For any woman, attaining motherhood and giving birth to a boy or a girl is a matter of pride. It is unfortunate that a shallow debate is taking place in the society on such personal matter," she said in

Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti state secretary said Bhide's claim is a cognisable offence under the Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Act.

"Bhide's followers should take a lesson from such unscientific claims and think in which era Bhide is taking them," he said.

Bacchu Kadu, an independent MLA from Achalpur in district, also demanded a police action against Bhinde.

During his speech in Nashik, Bhide had given various references from the Ramayana and Mahabharata and attacked the current political and social system.

Bhide had been booked in the violence case along with another leader However, unlike Ekbote he was never arrested in the case.

Clashes had taken place between members of the and Maratha communities around Bhima-Koregaon village in district during the bicentenary event of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in which British forces comprising a large number of soldiers had defeated the Peshwas, who represented the Maratha empire. One person was killed during the clashes.

Dalits view the 1818 battle as the defeat of "casteist" Peshwas, who were Brahmins.

Bhide's outfit enjoys a sizable clout in Sangli, Satara, and Kolhapur districts of western

Bhide was in to deliver a lecture on a movement launched by him for setting up a "32 maund" golden throne at historic Raigad fort, the erstwhile capital of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's Maratha kingdom.

The "maund" or "mann" is the anglicised name for a traditional unit of mass used in

One maund was considered equivalent to 37.32 kgs.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 19:45 IST