Edison School Board vice president Mohin Patel has a history of anti-Muslim and anti-media posts on Facebook.
On March 9, Patel shared on Facebook a picture of a bonfire adorned with photographs of five individuals and the star and crescent of Islam.
“Happy Holi, although a few more are missing in that pill (sic) like Kejrivalve, barkha and India Today jurnos!!” Patel wrote in the post, apparently referring to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Indian news anchor Barkha Dutt.
Patel did not immediately respond to a 2:08 p.m. call seeking comment.
A separate post, made in February, featured a comic that showed a Muslim man asking a Buddhist monk “why do you pray to a rock” before showing the man praying to the Kaaba in Mecca.
Patel, the top vote-getter in 2020’s Edison School Board races, was one of eight individuals a U.S. Postal inspector identified as responsible for a racist 2017 mailer urged residents to “Make Edison Great Again” and warned “the Chinese and Indians are taking over our town.”
Patel is acting as treasurer of Mahesh Bhagia’s mayoral campaign. On a tape obtained by the New Jersey Globe, Councilman Ajay Patil said he witnessed Wilentz law firm partner Satish Poondi assembling the racist mailer at Bhagia’s home in 2017
Bhagia is Edison’s Democratic municipal chairman.