Mumbai, July 10: By divesting Pankaja Munde of the important water conservation portfolio in the Cabinet rejig, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has now asked her to attend an international meet she wasn't inclined to.
Soon after news of her being relieved from the water conservation portfolio became public, Munde said she was to reach Singapore to attend a global water leader summit on Monday but won't do so as she was no longer the minister of that department.
Fadnavis, who is out of the country on an official tour, responded by saying that she must attend the event. "As a senior minister, you (Munde) would be representing the government of Maharashtra," Fadnavis said.
Earlier, as the water conservation minister, Munde had courted controversy in April by posting a selfie online. She had later said that she posted selfies on her tour of parched Latur on the weekend in appreciation of the work done there by the local administration for drought relief. Opposition had then accused Munde of gross insensitivity.
Reaching singapore tomorrow on monday there is world water leader summit i was invited but now wont attend since i m not minister incharge— PankajaGopinathMunde (@Pankajamunde) July 9, 2016
Of course you must attend WLS 2016.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) July 9, 2016
As a senior Minister you would be representing 'The Government of Maharashtra'. https://t.co/czMYpLepMA