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Privilege motion against 'The Hindu' in Maharashtra

Maharashtra Women and Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde on Friday moved a breach of privilege motion against The Hindu in the Assembly for its report on her ‘close partnership’ with a road contractor.

She criticised the August 3 report — ‘ > Pankaja Munde had close ties to road scam-tainted company’ — claiming it was part of a larger conspiracy to tarnish her image.

Moving two separate motions against Congress MLA Vijay Vadvettiwar and the Editor of The Hindu and the author of the article’, Ms. Munde said: “The MLA read out a news report and alleged I was involved in a road scam. This was baseless. I have nothing to do with it. I am therefore, moving a breach of privilege motion against him.”

Reading out the same allegations against The Hindu, she said: “The unverified reports published in the said newspaper tarnished my image, and therefore I am moving a breach of privilege against the Editor of The Hindu and the author of the article.”

The issue > rocked the Assembly on Thursday, leading to over five adjournments. Raising the issue during zero hour, Congress MLA Vadvettiwar had named the Minister, based on the report in The Hindu. Maintaining her innocence, Ms. Munde read out a prepared statement, while a ruling party MLA jumped into the well demanding an apology from the Opposition. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis criticised the Congress MLA for naming the Minister without a prior notice.

The Hindu had reported that a road contractor, RPS Infra Projects, had received seven times more work orders while it was in ‘partnership’ with Ms. Munde and Dr. Palwe, her husband.

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