Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation minister Gopinath Munde Dead in Road Accident
New Delhi, June 3, 2014: Union Minister Gopinath Munde died in a road accident in Delhi on Tuesday morning when he was on his way to the airport. He was rushed to the AIIMS trauma centre after the accident where he was declared dead. He will be cremated on Wednesday.
The accident took place when Munde was on his way to the Indira Gandhi International airport to fly to Mumbai. It took place when when Munde's car was moving from Lodhi Road towards the Aurobindo Chowk.
Munde had a victory rally scheduled in Beed and Parali. He had won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from the Beed constituency. He was the Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the accident took place at 6.30 am on Tuesday morning and was declared dead at 7.50 am. Sources say Munde's Ambassador car was hit by an Indica. The driver of the Indica has been arrested.
A driver and Munde's security guard, who were with Munde in his car at the time of the accident, are reportedly safe.Gadkari said that there are reports that Munde suffered a heart attack after the accident that lead to his death but the party is waiting for the post-mortem to know the exact cause of his death. Gadkari also said that Munde suffered several head injuries.
"Munde's body will be taken to the party headquarters at 12.30 pm on Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been informed about the accident," Gadkari added.
Gopinath Munde was the brother-in-law of the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan. He had married Mahajan's younger sister. After Mahajan's death, Munde was the guardian of the Mahajan family. Munde was a very big OBC leader from Maharashtra. He was very accessible and had a huge following. He wanted to reform and modernize the Rural development ministry. (Source: Zeenews.com)