Maharashtra Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde has found herself in a new controversy after a purported audio clip appeared in which she is heard ‘threatening’ a priest of the Bhagwangad hill shrine in Ahmednagar district. Munde could be heard saying false cases would be lodged against the supporters of Shastri Maharaj who opposes her.
“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 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.”
“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.”
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.
Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde while commenting on the audio clip said that she is ‘cheating’ the government by talking about buying people from a scheme meant for people’s uplift.