Senior BJP leader in state legislature Pandurang Phundkar on Friday alleged that the late union minister Gopinath Munde was ‘constantly demeaned’ within the party. Phundkar, who demanded the CBI investigation into the accident that led to the death of Munde in Delhi, said, “At one time he had decided to even leave the BJP. But I persuaded him to stay.”
Shivajirao Deshmukh, chairman of Maharashtra Legislative Council, also said the state government should write to union home ministry seeking CBI probe.
The minister for parliamentary affairs Harshvardhan Patil in legislative assembly said, “Munde’s supporters are expressing doubts about the accident and feel there is some foul play. Respecting the public sentiment, the Centre should order a CBI probe.”
Earlier, members in assembly and council adopted a resolution expressing gratitude to Munde for his immense contribution in Maharashtra and Delhi. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and speaker in assembly Dilip Walse-Patil paid emotional tributes recalling the great leader and his work in state assembly as opposition leader and deputy chief minister in Maharashtra government.
BJP leaders Eknath Khadse, state BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis almost broke down unable to control their emotions while paying the tribute. Senior ministers Narayan Rane, Chhagan Bhujbal and Patangrao Kadam were among those who lauded Munde’s contributions.