Maharashtra: Pankaja Munde’s audio clip allegedly threatening priest surfaces

Pankaja, in the unverified audio is heard saying false cases would be lodged against the supporters of Namdev Shastri Maharaj in Parli who opposes her.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:October 8, 2016 10:36 am
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Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde found herself embroiled in a fresh controversy after a purported audio clip appeared in which she is heard ‘threatening’ a priest of the Bhagwangad hill shrine in Ahmednagar district to allow her to make a speech on Dussehra.

Pankaja, in the unverified audio is also heard saying false cases would be lodged against the supporters of Namdev Shastri Maharaj in Parli who opposes her.

In the purported conversation she allegedly said she can buy anyone she wishes from the money provided for ’25-15′ — a scheme meant for funding small works in rural areas.

“I have told my people that we do not want to fight until the 11th (October). I can buy you (people) out but don’t want to do that. Whatever I have given you in the past I have given with you asking. You remember me giving you money out of 25-15? Now I won’t give you money,” Pankaja is heard saying.

“What is to be done with Namdev Shastri is a matter to be thought about in the future. We have to get the Dussehra celebrations done and thus do not want anything wrong to happen from our end,” she is further heard saying in the purported audio clip.

“We are also not simple. Our men can beat people up in Parli and get false cases lodged against them and forced to leave the place,” she is heard saying.

Responding to the audio clip, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde said this is ‘blatant abuse’ of power by the minister and that she should be immediately removed from her post.

“The audio we heard of hers is very serious. People responsible for making laws are talking about taking laws into their own hands. She has no right to remain as a minister now,” Munde said.

He further said she is ‘cheating’ the government by talking about buying people from a scheme meant for people’s uplift.

“We hope that at least now the CM does not continue with his clean chit drama,” he said.

While Pankaja remained unavailable for a response, her Personal Secretary said she has refused to comment over the issue.

Earlier this year, she was under fire for posting selfies during her tour of drought hit Latur.

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    SubbuI
    Oct 8, 2016 at 8:16 am
    GREAT! ONE MORE FEATHER ON NALAYAK MODI'S CROWN. WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM THESE I GANG. lt;br/gt;HEY BAGWAN! KABHI MUKTHI MILEGA YEH KHOON KE LOK SE?lt;br/gt;VOTE BACK CONGRESS. THEY WERE MUCH BETTER THAN THIS GOONS
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    Abdul Sami
    Oct 8, 2016 at 7:15 am
    This is about a media clip, no one must comment against her untill the clip is investigated, because it has been proved that clips ans mms are a childs play nowadays, the clip must be first proved to be true.
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    vardhan
    Oct 8, 2016 at 6:12 am
    Munde's achievements are increasing day by day.
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    harun
    Oct 8, 2016 at 12:27 pm
    Its a small price you Pay to have Original Bhakts.lt;br/gt;After all her Father who belonged to a Poor peasent family ended up a Billionaire and she has seen were all that money has come.lt;br/gt;Munde made BEED the drought Capital of Maharasthra,the people from BEED came in 1000s to pay respect for all that he did not do for BEED as a Raja of BEED.
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    Joseph R Stephen
    Oct 8, 2016 at 7:54 am
    This is how BJP came to power and people like them and voted them to power.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So there is nothing wrong.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;With POWER the BJP ministers become super powers to serve the people.
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    lick
    Oct 8, 2016 at 9:34 am
    very bad should be sacked with immediate effectlt;br/gt;there are many indian who want to buy her for 15-25 and hmmmlt;br/gt;the political mentality will never change in india because we indians makke the mp and mla like god we indians lick there shiiiit lick there feet we liccck there waste foodlt;br/gt;we indians are good in liccckingg includingg jobless indian ias ips indian or cl 3 4 employees we all ggoood at liccckinglt;br/gt;licking indians
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    Mayur Panghaal
    Oct 8, 2016 at 8:04 am
    BJP today is like that Boy from movie Bombay to Goa whos hands and mouth were kept tied by his mother as he would gobble up everything when left loose.lt;br/gt;Bjp is like that boy.lt;br/gt;Amma PAKODA !!
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    Mayur Panghaal
    Oct 8, 2016 at 8:03 am
    The chikkis worth crores are not enough...now she wants it all .lt;br/gt;Truly acche din for india.lt;br/gt;I wonder if she will p a basic test of mathematics.
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