The Maharashtra minister of state for Forests and Irrigation, Vijay Wadettiwar on Monday denied that he threw files at the Chandrapur Zilla Parishad woman officer.
The chairperson of Women and Child Welfare of Chandrapur ZP, Subhadra Kotnake lodged a complaint with the Chandrapur police on Monday afternoon that the minister allegedly threw files at her during a meeting on the selection of Anganwadi Sevakias (assistants), held at Chimur in Chandrapur district, some 200 kms from here on Sunday evening. "I was unconscious following the incident and was rushed to the Chimur Civil Hospital for treatment. Later I was shifted to Chandrapur district hospital," she alleged.
According to available information, Wadettiwar was presiding over an interview session of Anganwadi Seviakas in his constituency of Chimur, where both the minister and Shubhadra entered into a heated argument over the selection of candidates. "I had an argument with the minister over the manner in which he tried to conduct the interviews. He got angry and used rude language. He then hurled a file at me that hit me in the right ear after which my blood pressure shot up and I fainted," she said in her compliant.
On the other hand, the Chandrapur Civil Hospital doctors informed that there were no external injuries. "She is now fine and advised to take rests," a hospital official said. Wadettiwar claimed that he was a victim of political rivalry within the Congress in the district. "I could not understand why I was dragged into the controversy. In fact it was a verbal duet between the officials and Subhadra over the selection of candidates in the interview session. I even did not utter any word in that meeting," Wadettiwar defended.
A section of politicians are trying to tarnish my image and they are using Subhadra, he alleged and asserted that he was ready for any inquiry in this regard.
The minister admitted that he got calls from the chief minister, Ashok Chavan and the state party president, Manikrao Thakre on Monday morning in this connection. "I apprised them about the facts," he said and claimed that both have convinced on it.
Answering a question, Wadettiwar said that a narco-analysis test be carried out on Subhadra so that truth would come out. "I am also ready for such tests," he added.