Jitendra Awhad

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Jitendra Awhad
Cabinet Minister
Government of Maharashtra
Assumed office
30 December 2019
GovernorBhagat Singh Koshyari
Chief MinisterUddhav Thackeray
Preceded byRadhakrishna Vikhe Patil
Member of Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra
Assumed office
Preceded by
Horticulture and Medical Education minister
In office
Personal details
Jitendra Satish Awhad

(1963-08-05) 5 August 1963 (age 58)[1]
Nashik, Maharashtra
Political partyNationalist Congress Party
Spouse(s)Ruta Awhad
Parent(s)Satish Awhad
Residence(s)Thane, Maharashtra, India
PortfolioHousing Ministry

Jitendra Satish Awhad is an Indian Politician and Cabinet Minister for Housing, Minority and Wakf, Government of Maharashtra and former guardian minister of Solapur district. He is also member of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra, India. He represents the Mumbra-Kalwa constituency of Thane city as a Nationalist Congress Party member in the Vidhan Sabha (lower house).[2] He has previously served as Cabinet Minister of Medical Education and Horticulture in the Government of Maharashtra.[3]

Personal life

Awhad belongs to Vanjari caste and he follows Hinduism;he is married to Ruta Samant, the daughter of Dutta Samant, trade union leader, who is most famous for leading 200–300 thousand textile mill workers in the city of Bombay (now Mumbai) on a year-long strike in 1982, which triggered the closure of most of the textile mills in the city. He served the post as President of Maharashtra Youth Congress before forming of Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party and after he was appointed First National President of Nationalist Youth Congress and Ranjitsinh Vijaysinh Mohite Patil as President of Maharashtra Pradesh Nationalist Youth Congress and Rajiv Jha appointed First National President of Nationalist Students Congress as well as Pankaj Thackeray appointed President of Maharashtra Pradesh Nationalist Students Congress. [4][5][6]


In April 2020, Awhad was involved in an incident where an engineer was beaten up in his bungalow.[7] The victim claimed that Awhad's men took him away on a false pretext and thrashed him for allegedly posting a morphed photo.[8] On Twitter, Avhad called him a pervert and accused him of bullying.[9] Awhad was widely criticized by leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party[10][11] and demanded his resignation from state ministry,[citation needed] but Awhad also received support from others.[12][13] Awhad also received multiple online death-threats.[14] On March 9,Thane Police arrested five people in connection with the alleged assault.[15]


  1. ^ शेतकऱ्यांना लाखमोलाचा दिलासा (PDF). dgipr.maharashtra.gov.in. p. 17. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  2. ^ "NCP MLA Jitendra Ahwad drags Arnab Goswami, Times Now into Rs 100 cr defamation suit". Firstpost. 5 November 2016. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  3. ^ Gadgil, Makarand (6 June 2014). "Amitabh Bachchan to promote Maharashtra's orchards". Livemint. Archived from the original on 28 August 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  4. ^ author/online-lokmat (18 December 2019). "माझी जात वंजारी; नागरिकत्व कायदा माझ्या जातीविरुद्ध: जितेंद्र आव्हाड". Lokmat (in Marathi). Retrieved 23 August 2021. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  5. ^ "Marathas, OBCs dominate, 4 Muslim MLAs get ministries". Hindustan Times. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Jitendra Awhad". Vanjari World. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Thane engineer claims he was thrashed at Maharashtra minister Jitendra Awhad's bungalow for posting morphed image; case registered". Firstpost. 8 April 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Jitendra Awhad Supporters Accused of Assaulting a Person in Front of Awhad over Social Media Post". 7 April 2020.
  9. ^ Mukane, Pratik (7 April 2020). "Civil Engineer allegedly took to Jitendra Awhad's bungalow by cops, brutally thrashed by minister's men for posting a morphed photo". Mumbai Mirror. Archived from the original on 11 April 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  10. ^ Mukane, Pratik (8 April 2020). "Kirit Somaiya, Pravin Darekar stopped from entering Thane to meet Anant Karmuse; BJP leader alleges Jitendra Awhad trying to create terror". Mumbai Mirror. Archived from the original on 11 April 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Watch: BJP MLA writes to Maharashtra Governor & slams 'Assault' charge on top Mantri Jitendra Awhad". www.timesnownews.com. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Jitendra Awhad: त्याला मारलं ते चांगलंच केलं, कारण...; आव्हाडांच्या बंगल्यावरील मारहाणीचं 'मनसे' समर्थन". Lokmat (in Marathi). 8 April 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  13. ^ "आव्हाडांना येणाऱ्या धमक्यांमुळे पक्षाध्यक्षांना चिंता, शरद पवारांचं मुख्यमंत्र्यांना पत्र". ABP Majha (in Marathi). 21 July 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Jitendra awhad : 'जितेंद्र आव्हाड, तुझा दाभोलकर होणार' धमकी मिळाल्याने खळबळ". Lokmat (in Marathi). 8 April 2020. Archived from the original on 8 April 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Man 'thrashed' at Jitendra Awhad's bungalow: five arrested". TheHindu. 10 April 2020. Archived from the original on 10 April 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.

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