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Friday, November 16, 2018
By Prashant Hamine

Maneka was in touch with Uddhav in targeting me, says minister

A visibly peeved Minister for Forest Sudhir Mungantiwar contended that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi was in touch with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray following the killing of tigress T1 (Avni). In an informal chat with newspersons yesterday, the Minister remarked that he was shocked to find the Sena president targeting me on Avni issue. Following his (Uddhav) outbursts against him, he (Mungantiwar) called the Sena president as he considered the latter as his good friend where he came to know from the Sena president that Maneka Gandhi had called him.

Expressing his clear displeasure over the Sena president's remarks, the BJP Forest minister stated that even at times when rest of his partys cabinet colleagues were against the Sena, he was the only one to take side of the Sena and Uddhav Thackeray. But the Sena presidents outbursts against him had deeply hurt him. Mungantiwar later called on Sena president to convey his displeasure and informed him that he used to consider him as a personal good friend.

Mungantiwar remarked that he had lost a good friend in Thackeray. He further disclosed that he has tried to remain positive and cheerful by staying away from social media platforms like facebook, twitter and whatsapp and hence was unaware of the trolling he got after the killing of the tigress. He added that it was only after his daughter showed him messages posted about him on social media platforms, that he learn about it. Mungantiwar further stated that after his daughter got upset, it naturally upset him too.

He added that some of the messages left him shaken as people wanted me and my family dead. Some used the most abusive and foul language. Mungantiwar stated that the distress in the family has affected him as well. He added that he would rather prefer concentrating on his assembly constituency in Chandrapur. Mungantiwar however opined that there needs to be some regulation in place on social media content as there are some people who care less about anybody and troll political leaders, prominent personalities irrespective of their social standing or political leanings.

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