India: Opposition MP says will pay Shah, Fadnavis, Shinde to sit in sun for three hours after Maharashtra heatstroke deaths

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MP Imtiaz Jaleel says will pay ministers 'Rs10 lakh' as he hits out at state government and organisers of Sunday's Maharashtra Bhushan Award ceremony in Navi Mumbai

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Published: Tue 18 Apr 2023, 8:03 PM

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MP Imtiaz Jaleel on Tuesday said he would pay Rs10 lakh ($12,200) to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis if they sat in the hot sun for three hours.

Jaleel, MP from Aurangabad in central Maharashtra, hit out at the state government and organisers of Sunday's Maharashtra Bhushan Award ceremony in Navi Mumbai.

As many as 14 persons who attended the event have died due to heat stroke so far.

"I congratulate the person who got the Maharashtra Bhushan award (Appasaheb Dharmadhikari). But unfortunately politics is clearly seen in this incident. Lakhs (tens of thousands) of people are asked to attend an event in the afternoon. The leaders sit in a tent while the people who put them on stage are asked to sit in the sun," he told ABP Majha, a Marathi news channel.

After people died, the leaders visited hospitals and announced aid of Rs5 lakh ($6,000) for the kin of the deceased, Jaleel added.

"I ask Amit Shah, Devendra Fadnavis and the Chief Minister, what is the cost of your life that you decide the cost of the life of the deceased people as five lakh rupees... you sit for three hours in the hot sun. I will pay you ten lakh rupees," he said, adding that he was not wishing that anything unfortunate should happen to them.

By announcing ex-gratia of Rs5 lakh, the government has mocked the kin of the deceased, the AIMIM MP said, adding that an assistance of at least Rs50 lakh should have been announced.

He also said that inviting people in such large numbers for the award ceremony was "dirty politics".

"This event never took place in the open ground and with so many people in the past," he said, claiming that millions of rupees were spent on its organisation. A case of murder should be registered over the incident, he demanded.

The award ceremony was held inthe Kharghar area on Sunday. It was attended by a huge number of people, most of them followers of social worker Appasaheb Dharmadhikari who was given the Maharashtra Bhushan award of the state government by the hands of union minister Shah.

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