“I take responsibility for my defeat in local body polls in Beed, have sent my resignation,” said Munde.
That “oasis”, at Sai village in Latur district, however has little to do with the government, its men or machinery.
Her selfie in drought-hit Latur has invited flak from across the political spectrum including the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena.
“Since yesterday night, she was suffering from a severe headache because of being in the blazing sun for a long time while reviewing drought-related work in Latur,” an aide said.
Pankaja Munde said, “I was really happy to see water in a trench(in Latur), so I clicked some pictures & recorded work being done.”
Munde started taking selfies with work going on in the background and then posted them on a social networking site.
BJP’s Munde sent resignation letters dated March 23 to Aryaman Publicity and Supra Media, saying she will not be able to continue with her position as director in these firms with immediate effect.
While stating that the government swiftly acted and stopped the supply of chikki stock from Ahmednagar even before it was consumed, Munde asserted that lab reports have given clean chit to majority of the samples.
The petition alleges that clay and mud particles were found in chikki supplied to students in state-run schools.
Munde’s statement, which comes days after a woman walked inside the shrine and made offerings by climbing the podium (chautara) \by breaching security, drew sharp criticism from Opposition NCP.
Both Danve and Munde failed to make any inroads in their home turf where the NCP clearly had an upper hand.
Pankaja Munde compared Sharad Pawar with Dilip Kumar. Pawar returned the compliment by comparing Munde to Deepika Padukone.
Opposition Congress took the opportunity to take a swipe at Munde, saying it showed her ‘high-handed attitude’.
While irregularities were alleged in contracts worth Rs 80 crore awarded by Munde’s Women and Child Development department to a Konkan-based firm, Khadse had allegedly recommended the same firm in 2012.
Other state ministers who were high on absenteeism include PWD minister Eknath Shinde, Health Minister Deepak Sawant, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Social Welfare minister Rajkumar Badole.