Pankaja Munde’s Selfie Clarification Falls Flat
Mumbai: Maharashtra minister for rural development Pankaja Munde has landed herself in a fresh controversy after her ‘selfies’ in drought-hit Latur became public.
Pankaja clicked selfies in the backdrop of dredging work being done at the Sai barrage. She received flaks from across the political spectrum, including Shiv Sena which traditionally has been soft on the Munde family.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi, tweeted, “Pankaja Munde’s achievements in her debut innings as MLA: Chikki scam, office of profit controversy, selfiesm in drought-hit Marathwada.”
The NCP too didn’t hold back, “She has mocked the farmers through her actions, instead of a drought tour, she has gone on a junket clicking pictures,” said spokesperson Nawab Malik.
With even Shiv Sena criticising, Pankaja took to Facebook and Twitter to clarify her position. In her tweets she claimed, “These pics are work done by the government and people’s participation. It’s my department and I was working from day one, sense of satisfaction if it rains as we are ready.”
However, Pankaja’s claim that the government was involved in the deepening of the Sai barrage in Latur was not exactly true. ET had carried a story on April 11, ‘ Five Latur residents raise funds to end water woes’, where it was clearly mentioned that the local residents had finally decided to raise .₹ 7.50 crore to deepen and widen the Sai and Nagzari barrages in Latur. The only contribution from the government was that after the people began digging, the local collector sent a machine to help them. When ET contacted Pankaja on her claim about government participation, she said, “Why didn’t the people (Latur residents) do this exercise on their own earlier? This was because they had no confidence in the earlier government. Now due to the government initiatives, more people are coming ahead,” said Pankaja.