After CM’s snub, Pankaja says not unhappy over losing portfolios

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2016 15:39 IST

A day after her Twitter tussle with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, state rural development minister Pankaja Munde clarified that she was not unhappy over the loss of two portfolios in the recent cabinet reshuffle.

Read: Munde-CM fight plays out on Twitter, roads

Her supporters on Sunday burnt an effigy of Fadnavis and protested against him after she was divested two of her portfolios a day earlier: water conservation and employment guarantee scheme. The controversy continued to rage on Twitter as she tweeted that she will not attend the world water summit in Singapore because she was no longer the minister for water conservation. In an apparent snub, the chief minister tweeted and asked her to attend the summit.

The Twitter war and protests have laid bare a collision course between Munde and Fadnavis.

Munde on Monday wrote on Facebook: “I reached Singapore from Indonesia. As I was outside India, I posted a tweet. I was invited for world water leaders summit in Singapore but due to recent changes in the portfolio, I felt a bit inappropriate to attend as I was not the minister of the concerned department. Since my people Beed will expect photos and news, I posted this... I am very happy that my close associates Ram Shinde and Jay Kumar Rawal have been given my portfolios. I even congratulated them on Twitter...where is the question of displeasure?”

However, there was no confirmation whether Munde attended the summit or gave it a miss.

The minister also asked people to maintain law and order at any cost and not “indulge in acts that I don’t approve of and insult anyone”.

Her supporters had burnt an effigy of Fadnavis at Pathardi taluka in Ahmednagar and held a protest against in her home town, Parli against the cabinet reshuffle. The police had arrested workers from BJP Yuva Morcha in Pathardi taluka.

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