MUMBAI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been battling with its backs to the wall to shield Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje. Now, it might be forced to defend another front, particularly its prominent MLA Pankaja Munde. The Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra has been hit by the first scam worth Rs. 206 crore.
NewsX has accessed papers that show that one of its big faces and a prospective chief ministerial candidate, Pankaja Munde has prima facie flouted norms to issue contracts worth Rs 206 crore without tenders to companies of dubious antecedents. Not just this, these dubious companies were asked to supply food and other provisions to little vulnerable children as part of the integrated child development scheme.
In other words, 35-year-old Munde, Minister for Women and Child Welfare Development had no qualms about risking the lives of these children to benefit certain dubious firms. The callousness is inexcusable and so of course is the flouting of norms.
This could be the story of the first NDA scam that could go over 200 crore, the documents regarding this investigation are in possession with NewsX.
Reports suggest that the office of Maharashtra Women and Children Development Minister Pankaja Munde received a letter from Ahmednagar Zilha Parishad President Manjushree Gund on June 15 complaining about the quality of chikki distributed to tribal students under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).
The complaint mentioned that the chikki was contaminated with clay and reports that Munde cleared the purchase of several items such as chikki, mats, dishes and books by flouting the rules, at a cost of Rs 206 crore.
It is also reported that all these purchases were cleared the very same day and 24 Government Resolutions (GR) were issued as well.
NewsX has accessed the documents related to the rules and their violations made by first time minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Pankaja Munde.
The rules book explains that any government purchase over Rs 3 lakh has to be done through e-tendering.
Munde, currently in the USA remained unavailable for her comments on the allegations.
The rise of Pankaja Munde in the state politics can definitely be credited to her late father, Gopinath Munder. Stirring a controversy, she recently said that she was actually the Chief Minister of Maharshtra, according to many in her state.