Maharashtra: Decision to replace some MPs taken after due diligence, says Pankaja Munde

Mumbai: The decision to replace sitting MPs from Maharashtra has been taken after due diligence by the state leadership, senior BJP leader Pankaja Munde said Saturday. Addressing reporters here, she said candidates were chosen on the basis of several parameters like their work and people’s support and trust.

“The only aim is that we should get maximum number of MPs from Maharashtra,” she said. Queried on leaders being inducted into the BJP from other parties, she said their entry depended on the work done by them and their families in the area as well as their acceptance of the party’s ideology. Munde took a swipe at the opposition by stating that their getting together clearly indicated they were no match to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that they had accepted defeat.

Listing out various initiatives taken by her department in the last four-and-half years, the state Rural Development minister said 7.164 kilometres of road works had been completed under the Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.

She said the Jalyukt Shivar project had reduced issues of drought in Marathwada and Vidarbha. Munde, who also holds charge of state Women and Child Development department, said young women were being provided sanitary pads at Rs 5 in zilla parishad schools and in villages, while women were being provided high quality napkins at cheap rates under the Asmita scheme.

She further said gram sarpanch are now being elected directly by people and till now, elections to 9,395 gram panchayats have been held. She further said transfer of teachers has now been computerised and in 2017-18, 5,500 teachers were transferred from one district to another. In 2018-19, 3,500 teachers were transferred from one district to another and 18,000 teachers were transferred in the same district.

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