Mumbai: A day after the Beed police had registered an FIR against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Dhananjay Munde for allegedly making obscene comments against his cousin, state minister Pankaja Munde, an additional FIR has been registered against unidentified persons for ‘editing’ his speech with criminal intent.
According to a PTI report, the FIR was lodged on Sunday, following a police complaint filed by local NCP leader Walmik Karad. Complainant Karad, according to the report, has accused the BJP’s social media handlers of foul play.
A video purportedly showing the NCP leader making an obscene comment about Pankaja went viral on social media. Following this, a BJP activist, Jugal Kishor Lohiya from Parli in Beed district approached the police. The police have confirmed that they have lodged a formal complaint and are looking into the veracity of the accusations made.
The two cousins, along with a political rivalry, have also been having a family feud and taking digs at each other during their public speeches.
Pankaja, the sitting BJP MLA from Parli, is the elder daughter of late party leader Gopinath Munde. Even before Pankaja’s entry, Dhananjay had been active in political and financial matters and was seen often alongside Gopinath.
However, in 2009, Gopinath sprung a surprise on his nephew by fielding his daughter from the Parli constituency. Upset with the move, Dhananjay quit the party and joined the NCP in 2013. He contested against his cousin, but was defeated by a margin of over 25,000 votes.
Along with the police complaint, a formal complaint has also been sent to the Election Commission and the state women’s commission. The comment was purportedly made at a public meeting held at Vida village in the district’s Kej tehsil on October 17.
Dhananjay has, however, claimed that the allegations are wild and that the video has been doctored and distorted. He has asked for a forensic investigation into the matter. He has further claimed that the BJP and the media are intentionally maligning him, and are not respecting the “holy relationship between a brother and a sister”.
On October 19, while addressing a rally in Beed, Pankaja had accused her cousin of maligning her and of “stooping” to a new low. Soon after the public address, she had collapsed on stage. Party activists had claimed that she was emotional and it had taken a toll on her health.