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Many couples delivered sons after eating mangoes from my

Press Trust of India  |  Nashik 

Controversial leader has said that a number of couples were blessed with sons after eating mangoes from his orchard.

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

During his speech, gave various references from the Ramayana and Mahabharata and attacked the current political and social system.

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

One person had died during the clashes 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.

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

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

His 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. 19:10 IST