All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MP Imtiaz Jaleel on Monday slammed Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis over the deaths due to heat wave in Maharashtra Bhushan award ceremony.

The AIMIM leader said that he would give Rs 10 lakh each to the three leaders if they sit under the sun

"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," PTI quoted Jaleel as telling to Marathi channel ABP Majha.

However, he pointed out that he was not wishing that anything unfortunate should happen to them.

"I congratulate the person who got the Maharashtra Bhushan award (Appasaheb Dharmadhikari). But unfortunately politics is clearly seen in this incident. Lakhs 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 said.

Criticising the Maharashtra government's decision to give Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of the victims, he said that the government was making a mockery of the deceased and demanded that the victims' families should get Rs 50 lakh financial assistance. 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 crores of rupees were spent on its organisation. A case of murder should be registered over the incident, he demanded.

The death toll at the Maharashtra Bhushan Award event on Sunday due to heat stroke has climbed to 13. The event was held in Navi Mumbai to present the Maharashtra Bhushan Award to social activist Dattatreya Narayan alias Appasaheb Dharmadhikari who was honoured with the award by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

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