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Jitendra Awhad was born to Smt. Lilavati and Shri Satish Awhad. He went to St John Baptist High School, Thane . In 1981, he completed his HSC in science.jitendra awhad consider shri. sharad pawar as his mentor.
He then went to the B.N Bandodkar College. While in college, he was chosen as Gymkhana Secretary, and became secretary of the All India Students' Organization, a non-political outfit. In the year 1982 he successfully launched a campaign against a rise in tuition fees. Awhad completed his marine engineering studies in 1984-85. He continued to take graduate degree in personnel management. He worked in Kores India Limited, Thane as Asst labour Officer from 1988 to 1995..
In 1980-82 he was general secretary of Thane District Youth Congress, and from 1988-91 he was the Maharashtra Pradesh National Students Union of India's (NSUI) chief secretary. Awhad was also a representative of the Maharashtra Institute of Labour in the years 1987-88. From 1991-93 he was elected as general secretary of the NSUI, and also from 1991 he is President of the Akhil Bharitya Vanjara Youth Association. From 1993 till 1998, he was as president of Thane Municipal Council educational panel.
In 1996 Awhad was elected as youth congress president for Maharashtra, and fired in 1997.
After the formation of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Awhad was elected as the first national President of NCP (Youth). From here he entered mainstream politics. He was elected as a Member of the Legislative Council of Maharashtra in Feb 2002 till 2008 and again re-elected as an MLC in March 2008 for a five-year term. For the FIRST time he contested a M.L.A Election on 16 October 2009. He was elected as a Member Of Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra from the Mumbra-Kalwa Constituency on October 13-2009
Since 2002, he holds the post of Senate member of Mumbai University and also District President of NCP-Thane. He also holds the post of President of the Indian Pilots Guild, the union of the airline pilots of Air India. He is the President of Thane Dist Nationalist Congress Party.
He is known in political circles for his proximity to NCP Founder Shri.Sharad Pawar, who has groomed him for a larger role in Maharashtra state NCP Unit. Mr.Awhad was recently appointed as the Executive President of the Maharashtra Unit of the NCP, a post specially created for him. He represents NCP and participates actively on behalf of NCP in TV shows and news debates. He is known for his powerful oratory skills.
Through his courage, hard work and dedication, he has successfully managed to establish the strong presence of NCP in Thane, a district which he represents and which has been a stronghold of Shiv Sena since decades. He is known for progressive work in the most backward areas of Kalwa and Mumbra which he represents and has managed to revamp many old facilities to world class level.
He is also credited with popularising and organising the festival of Krishna Janmashtami or Dahi Handi, through his NGO Sangharsh. Every year lakhs of people visit the festival, especially groups of youth from Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to participate in the festival by forming human pyramids and winning huge prizes. He has also managed to invite Human Pyramid groups from Spain for this festival and has created world records for the highest pyramids of 9 layers. Many popular cine artists and film stars pay visit to his festival.
Mr.Jitendra Awhad through his hard work,dedication and commitment, has managed to establish a strong foot hold of NCP in Thane. Thane is known to be a stronghold of Shivsena since decades.
Mr.Awhad is also known for his developmental works and progressive ideology. He has managed to provide world class facilities in the impoverished and under-developed constituency of Kalwa-Mumbra which was known for its backwardness and lack of civic amenities.
Mr.Awhad was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Mumbai University for his thesis on " History of Socio-Religious movement in Maharashtra" A SubAltern View.
He has studied the history of Maharashtra in great detail.
In May 1997, Mr. Awhad was sacked from his post of the State Youth Congress President, due to his alleged involvement in the multi-crore land scandal in Thane district. The allegation was related to misappropriation of 174 acres of saline government land, doctoring and falsifying of documents to develop it into commercial real estate. Awhad and four others were arrested in connection with this land scam case. He was later proved innocent.
In early 2011, Mr. Jitendra Awhad came under scrutiny from the Income Tax department. He was allegedly paid a sum of INR 36 million as a consultancy fee by the builder construction company Rustomjee. Allegations to this effect have been reported in all the leading daily newspapers across the Mumbai territory.
Mr. Jitendra Awhad is also a member of the controversial 31-storey Adarsh Society in South Mumbai. On 29 June 2011, he was questioned by the CBI on his membership, and sources of fund for the same.However,over the time it was found out that he has no direct involvement in the controversy and also said that he is ready to give up the flat.
In 12 Oct, Mr. Jitendra Awhad threatened Mr. More (civil engineer from Public body) with dire consequences if he proceeded with demolition of Palm tower building in sector 42, Nerul. Mr. Jitendra is said to have invested in this illegal construction through his family, with such constructions getting legal status over a period of time, as seen commonly in Navi Mumbai.