Heat is on Pankaja Munde after selfies in drought-hit Maharashtra region

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Maharashtra rural development minister Pankaja Munde has come under fire from political opponents for clicking selfies while on a visit to drought-hit Marathwada.

“Maharashtra is facing severe drought. Women and even kids are going far away from their home for getting water… And in such a serious situation, the ministers are clicking selfies,” Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said on Monday.

The Congress, too, attacked Munde. “Selfie tourism is not the answer to the problems of the Marathwada region,” party spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said. “It is extremely unfortunate and reflective of the Maharashtra government’s mindset whereby they think selfie/disaster/drought tourism is the answer to all the problems Marathwada is facing.”

The remarks came after Munde shared her selfies in a series of tweets on Sunday while reviewing water conservation efforts in Latur. “Selfie with trench of said barrage Manjara… one relief to Latur…,” Munde tweeted on Sunday.

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