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‘Gopinath Munde faced struggle in BJP, was humiliated and wanted to quit party’

"There is a lot of confusion about the circumstances leading to his death. There should be a CBI probe into the matter," said Phundkar.

By: Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Updated: June 7, 2014 11:41 am

The late BJP leader Gopinath Munde had struggled within the party and even wanted to leave it, BJP MLC on Friday claimed in the Legislative Council.

“Munde faced struggles at every step. He was (once) about to leave BJP. I opposed it. He faced humiliation many times but dedicated his life to the party,” Phundkar said.

“Congress had offered him two ministerial posts at the Centre and the state,” Phundkar said after a resolution to mark Munde’s contribution was moved in the House by Maharashtra parliamentary affairs minister Harshwardhan Patil.

“There is a lot of confusion among people about the circumstances leading to his death. There should be a CBI probe into the matter,” said Phundkar, who became emotional while recounting his association with Munde going back to 1974.

Phundkar is a former leader of opposition in the legislative council.

Council chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh said he was for a high-level probe into Munde’s death. He informed the House that he would write to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan requesting such a probe.

Munde, a popular backward class leader from Maharashtra, died due to shock and haemorrhage following injuries to his neck and liver in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.


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  1. G
    Jun 7, 2014 at 10:07 pm
    It is a pity that just when the BJP had recognized his achievements and made him a Union Minister and CM candidate he ped away.
    1. J
      Jun 8, 2014 at 7:39 am
      An ordinary person Munde was developed by BJP stalwarts like Promod Mahajan. He was further developed by Nitin. Of course every BJP person work for the party. He was made Union Cabinet Minister. The top leaders of BJP was thinking of declaring him as CM candidate. But things turned different. May his soul rest in peace.
      1. P
        Paddy Singh
        Jun 7, 2014 at 10:41 am
        It's simple Phundkar - Munde's car jumped red-light and got hit by a driver who's right of way it was
        1. S
          Sachin Jagade
          Jun 7, 2014 at 11:13 am
          We Maharashtrians firmly believed in Mundeji. He was a staunch Hindu and was a leading figure in the Shiv Sena - BJP alliance. We followers of the alliance have lost a towering leader with a solid base amongst potion. Mundeji would have never allied with Congress -NCP. He was never after power and ministerial births. Maharashtra will sorely miss you Mundeji.
          1. S
            Jun 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm
            He was given the smallest if the ministry whereas he deserves betta !!!! He was on the verger of becoming a whistleblower and hence he was ... I mean thats my view point!!! Hiw can a minuster of his cadre go with out any convoy vehicle!! And why he was given water right after the shock??! People with him should know that but still!!! Trust me he was onto something big!!! There are very few leaders like him!!! RIP Mr Munde!!!
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