Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' wife Amruta has stoked a controversy by accepting a golden chain from godman Guruwanand Swami.
The local Marathi news channels aired the footage showing Guruwanand Swami presenting a gold chain plucked out of thin air to Fadnavis's wife Amruta.
Commenting on the issue, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik demanded an FIR to be lodged against Amruta under Black Magic Prevention and Prohibition of Exploiting Practices Act.
Meanwhile, the CM's wife said she does not believed in miracles. While clarifying her stand, Amruta said, “I don’t believe in any kind of miracle and Guruwanand Swami gave me the chain as his blessing.”
Amruta further said she was just seeking blessings from an elderly person.
While speaking to 'Hindustan Times', Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti executive president Avinash Patil said, “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.”
Maharashtra Assembly in 2013 passed the Black Magic Prevention and Prohibition of Exploiting Practices Bill, that seeks to curb black magic and other superstitious practices.