Pankaja Munde’s ‘Drought-Selfie’

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    Maharashtra Minister for Water Conservation Pankaja Munde landed in trouble after she took selfies in drought-hit Latur district on Sunday. She clicked the picture when she was touring Latur to review the dried up Manjara river. Pankaja Munde’s ‘Drought-Selfie’ went viral on Twitter and Facebook with many accusing her of being insensitive to the plight of the people in the region.

    Under fire from not just the opposition but also ally Shiv Sena, the BJP’s Maharashtra Minister Pankaja Munde has explained that she posted selfies on her tour of parched Latur on the weekend in appreciation of the work done there by the local administration for drought relief.

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    The Congress has accused Ms Munde, the state’s minister for water conservation, of gross insensitivity. “BJP as a whole is a selfie and optics party, this is like making a mockery of the drought,” said Congress. The party has accused the Devendra Fadnavis government of failing the state’s farmers.

    Manisha Kayande of the Shiv Sena, which rules Maharashtra in partnership with the BJP, said, “In such a serious situation the ministers are clicking selfies. I think they should watch their actions before doing such things. Pankaja Munde should have avoided this.”

    The opposition Congress today hit out at the BJP over Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde’s selfie during her visit to drought-hit Latur, and accused the party of mocking the tragedy.

    Even the BJP’s ally, the Shiv Sena, was not amused. “It is unfortunate that a minister went and clicked selfies in drought-hit Latur. It was avoidable,” the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said.

    Munde, who heads Maharashtra’s Rural Development and Water Conservation ministry, is also the guardian minister for Latur and Beed regions in the state’s Marathwada region, which is reeling under severe drought.

    During her visit to Latur on Sunday, Munde was seen frequently taking out her phone and posing for selfies against a parched backdrop. She was there to review the de-silting work being carried out by the Maharashtra government.

    Soon, Munde’s selfies went viral on Twitter and Facebook with many accusing her of being insensitive to the plight of the people in the region.

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