State minister Mahadeo Jankar was mired in controversy on Wednesday over his remarks against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders Ajit Pawar and Dhananjay Munde at BJP minister Pankaja Munde’s rally in Ahmednagar on Tuesday.
Jankar is head of the Rashtriya Samaj Paksh (RSP), which seeks to represent the shepherd community, and is a minister holding charge of dairy development, animal husbandry and fisheries departments. His party is an ally of the BJP.
Speaking at Munde’s rally at Bhagwangad, Jankar targeted NCP’s Pawar and Dhananjay Munde in choicest words. As mark of protest, NCP workers burnt his effigies and staged protests in Pune and Thane. Dhananjay Munde, opposition leader in the legislative council, said, “Jankar has insulted me as well as chief minister Devendra Fadnavis by alleging the latter was supporting me. I am going to take up the issue and demand his ouster.”
In Pune, the local police detained a 26-year-old activist of the RSP for allegedly trying to throw ink at the photographs of NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his daughter Supriya Sule at Baramati hostel, which is controlled by Sharad Pawar-led Vidya Pratisthan. The security guards at the gate, however, thwarted the RSP supporters move and handed them over to the police.
Later, workers of the RSP and NCP clashed in front of the police station.