- She was under fire for posting selfies during tour of drought-hit Latur
- Opposition Congress and ally Shiv Sena accused Ms Munde of insensitivity
- Was only appreciating relief work done by local administration, she said
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."
Ms Munde, 36, has tweeted,
This pics are work done by govt n ppl participation it's my dept n I was working from day 1sence of satisfaction if it rains we are ready— PankajaGopinathMunde (@Pankajamunde) April 17, 2016
While reviewing efforts on water conservation in Latur, one of the districts worst-affected by the drought that has ravaged Maharashra, Ms Munde had posted a series of selfies on Twitter.
2 selfie with bandhara pic.twitter.com/OKFeyT3OPS— PankajaGopinathMunde (@Pankajamunde) April 16, 2016
Selfie with trench of said barrage Manjara .. one relief to latur .. pic.twitter.com/r49aEVxSSk— PankajaGopinathMunde (@Pankajamunde) April 17, 2016
Water conservation is happening massively ...isn't it "sawedana " for "duskhal" pic.twitter.com/HbDMkxtxaA— PankajaGopinathMunde (@Pankajamunde) April 17, 2016
She was trolled on the social media site with people accusing her of finding a photo opportunity in the middle of a massive disaster.
In last week, Mah Govt has been in news for— Raja (@Raja_Sw) April 18, 2016
- Latur helipad
- Train held up by MLA
- #PankajaMunde selfie
Such a caring govt! Jai ho!
Ministers will now take selfies at disaster affected areas to prove they went there? A new low in politics. https://t.co/sqOmXZ7R6Z— Akshay Gautam (@aks_hai) April 18, 2016
Ms Munde is also the guardian minister for Beed and Latur, where the state government has had to send lakhs of litres of water by train.
A second-term lawmaker and first time minister, Ms Munde is the daughter of top BJP leader Gopinath Munde who died in a road accident in Delhi in June 2014, days after he took oath as a cabinet minister at the Centre.